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By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 16, 2008

DETROIT First, in The Scandal That Ate Detroit, you must remember that it's all about text.

These would be the text messages between Mayor Kwame "Never Busted" Kilpatrick (married) and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty (married, at the time of the following exchanges, to one of Kilpatrick's childhood buddies).

Second, you must remember that Detroiters have put up with a lot of bad news -- Forbes magazine just awarded it top billing in the "America's Most Miserable Cities" index -- and are fed up with another blow to the city's image.

Third, it helps to remember that KK and CB testified under oath last year that they had never, ever, ever had anything but a professional relationship. This was during a trial that found they had fired a couple of police officers for investigating allegations of mayoral misconduct. The jury awarded the officers $8.4 million.

Kilpatrick and Beatty got all kinds of angry at the insinuations about their relationship.

So, you can only imagine the mayor's surprise to pick up the Detroit Free Press on Jan. 25 and read a headline that began with the subtle assertion: "Mayor Lied Under Oath."

The paper had obtained -- it won't say how -- thousands of text messages between KK and CB, many of which were so sexually explicit that the paper said it couldn't print them without scandalizing southeastern Michigan. (Also, while the pair testified they did not "fire" one of the officers in question, the messages show them privately discussing how the decision to "fire" the officer could have been better handled. Whoops.)

Here's a sampling of the messages the paper found fit to print:

Kilpatrick, in Washington, Sept. 12, 2003, 9:02 a.m., after Beatty had apparently spent the previous night in his hotel room: The mayor's bodyguards "were right outside the door. They had to have heard everything . . ."

CB: "So we are officially busted. LOL."

KK: "LOL LOL! Damn that. Never busted. Busted is what you see! LOL."

CB: "LOL, LOL! Damn, so they have to walk in before you concede busted! LOL."


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