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Mike Cox Makes A Republican Bid For Governor: Sue the Federal Government

March 25, 2010

Sure Mike Cox has been accused of failing to investigate crimes against the gay population, against the poor, the infirm, here in Michigan, but then he tackles the federal government in a bid to win the seat in the gubernatorial race this year in Michigan.  Mike Cox has been guilty of adultery, even as he prosecuted others for it.  He has been implicated in failing to investigate crimes linked to former Detroit mayor/embarrassment, Kwame Kilpatrick, but he still finds the time to sue the federal government.

As a general political ploy, this move on Cox’s part (just sounds bad, I know, but that’s his name) is fairly predictable.  He is towing the Republican party line with its angst of instituting federal health insurance mandates.  The sad thing is that if this really is Michigan’s shot at suing the federal government, it’s not such a great one with Mike Cox at the helm.  His legal work has been shoddy in its execution; there have been no huge investigations during his tenure that have resulted in large victories.  From an outsider’s standpoint, Mike Cox either fails to investigate where it’s need or bows out before the job is complete, and it’s been covered in Michigan newspapers more than once.  So, if Michigan’s chance of challenging the feds lies with Mike Cox, that platform is pretty much screwed.  I just don’t see that he has the wattage to maneuver this sort of scheme, the rhetoric of the Repub party, but definitely not the brainpower to issue and real type of challenge.

Mike Cox is a true Republican:  must have cheated on spouse (check), must have failed to investigate crimes against minorities/gays/socially unpopular groups (check), must be so right-wing that women are not respected as equals (check), must be tied to corrupt politician (check, see his attendance at stripper party hosted by Kwame Kilpatric), must tow the party line without question (check).  My posts on Mike Cox are now inexplicably linked to Mike Cox’s Facebook page, and you can guess I am no fan of his, but this appears, like any other arena with Mike Cox, to be an issue that isn’t investigated.

Mike Cox is hoping, with the political strategy evidenced thus far, to try to ride the coat-tails of the Republican fear-mongers who oppose Obama’s health care reform package and use that boost to get him into office.  While one might comment on the fact that using another party’s downfall as your own selling point is a rather shaky gamble, it seems to be all Mike Cox can muster for the game.   Sure, he is trying to be the “family man” (after all, his wife has probably forgiven him for sleeping around, right?), and trying to say he is “for the people” by joining in suing the feds, but it’s all Mike Cox brings to the race.  He has no stellar track record as attorney general.  He has not routed corruption from the state of Michigan (after all he attended Kwame’s stripper party and then somehow lost evidence related to the murder of one of the strippers), and all Mike Cox can offer to defend himself is a “this is bullshit” comment:

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, a candidate for governor, called an accusation he interfered with the murder investigation of Detroit stripper Tamara Greene “crap” (well, actually he first called it “bullOn if the accusations hurt his run for governor: I don’t care. I spent 20 years, long before I ever ran for office, building a reputation… I’ve been a stand-up honest guy.  Forget Kwame Kilpatrick.  Forget being the governor of Michigan.  That pales in comparison to the reputation I’ve built.  My wife is a former 13-year cop.  You know, this is absolute crap.”amp;#%,” but that would have made for an odd-looking headline).

Michigan State Police investigator Mark Krebs testified yesterday that Cox interfered with his investigation into an alleged party at the Manoogian Mansion in 2002.

Greene, a stripper known as “Strawberry”, allegedly danced at the party, and when she was murdered months later, rumors swirled she was killed to cover up her involvement.

Krebs, testifying in a civil suit filed by Greene’s family against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other city officials, said Cox wouldn’t issue requested subpoenas and directed detectives not to interview Carlita Kilpatrick, who allegedly crashed the party unexpectedly and began to attack one of the dancers.

Cox investigated the party, but said his focus was whether Kilpatrick was paying bodyguards illegal overtime to work the party. He said he ended his investigation after interviewing more than 130 people who claimed the party never took place.

“Does anyone really think that after 20 years as a homicide prosecutor that I’m corrupt and that I was cooking up some deal with Kwame Kilpatrick?” an incredulous Cox asked Fox 2 political analyst Tim Skubick.

“I’m the guy whose case brought him down and sent him to Texas,” he said, referring to the perjury charges which ultimately took down Kilpatrick.

“People can say I’m dumb and make the wrong decisions professionally, but my integrity I’ve built over 20 years.  And this is absolute bullOn if the accusations hurt his run for governor: I don’t care. I spent 20 years, long before I ever ran for office, building a reputation… I’ve been a stand-up honest guy.  Forget Kwame Kilpatrick.  Forget being the governor of Michigan.  That pales in comparison to the reputation I’ve built.  My wife is a former 13-year cop.  You know, this is absolute crap.”XXamp;#%.  And you can quote me on that.”

Mike Cox apparently isn’t worried that his level of lack of investigatory prowess has warranted nationwide attention, but then the article ges weirder. Strangely enough, the Detroit Free Press then decided to “investigate,” for reasons unknown, and then listed their responses for Mike Cox, in which Mike Cox then defends himself by saying “this is absolute crap” :

On if the accusations hurt his run for governor: I don’t care. I spent 20 years, long before I ever ran for office, building a reputation… I’ve been a stand-up honest guy.  Forget Kwame Kilpatrick.  Forget being the governor of Michigan.  That pales in comparison to the reputation I’ve built.  My wife is a former 13-year cop.  You know, this is absolute crap.”XX

Well, guess if Mike Cox is heading up the lawsuit and this State’s governance, you can take his self defense of “this is absolute crap” to the bank.  There you go, doubters, take that!  I can see why the Feds aren’t worried.  With this level of State-mounted legal assault and accountability, they have nothing to worry about.

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