Kwame Kilpatrick announced his resignation as the Mayor of Detroit today. He also pled guilty to obstruction of justice. This came shortly before a scheduled hearing in which Governor Granholm was all but certain to remove him from office.
Kwame dragged Detroit through the dirt for months. Other disgraced democrats like Eliot Spitzer and Mark Dann at least had the decency to resign quickly.
Kwame will be succeeded as mayor by city council president Ken Cockrel, who at least is an adult.
Detroit's problems are hardly over, though. The political culture that made its leaders such a cruel joke is here for the long run. Several members of the city council are under investigation by the FBI. Monica Conyers, soon to be council president, regularly embarrasses the city.
By the way, Barack Obama finally called for Kwame to resign--after his resignation had already been announced. Great timing!