Why Mayor Duggan should release e-mails between his office and emergency manager

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Mayor Mike Duggan.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Mayor Mike Duggan.

Mayor Mike Duggan made an outlandish claim during his State of the City address on Tuesday, offending opponents of state financial takeovers.

“I am more against emergency managers than anyone I’ve met,” Duggan insisted as a protester called out the mayor for working behind the scenes with Gov. Rick Snyder.

A Motor City Muckraker investigation in August 2013 found that Duggan had a cozy relationship with state Treasurer Andy Dillon and Snyder aide Richard Baird, both of whom were integral in appointing an emergency manager to Detroit. Baird even donated $5,000 to Duggan’s mayoral campaign and continues to have a close relationship with the mayor.

So why does this matter? Duggan ran on a pledge to oust the emergency manager, saying he will work “to push the emergency manager out on the first day I am in office and return Detroit to its elected officials.”

But when Duggan was elected mayor in November 2013, he rarely spoke of the issue and maintained a private, but close relationship with EM Kevyn Orr. Duggan even secretly worked with Orr to abolish state-mandated Citizens District Councils just before Orr relinquished his powers in September 2014.

When Motor City Muckraker requested e-mail records between Duggan’s office and Orr, the city charged more than $12,000.

Now is the time for Duggan to come clean and release the records. His statement on his opposition to emergency managers on Tuesday was insulting to the many Detroiters who fought against state intervention.

A democracy only works if elected leaders are transparent.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • JohnJoslin

    Conniving w/ Kevin Orr, obediently curtsying to Ex-federal Judge Rhodes’ every destructive ruling, selling off The DMC to hospital flippers ( just been flipped AGAIN … )… appears Duggan deserves a long term contemplative time out in a guarded location more than Kilpatrick ever did IF you measure corruption by the sheer dollar amount !!

    -J.Joslin ( Detroit

  • Sizz

    They’re both part of Snyder’s stable of whores.

  • Sizz

    They’re both part of Snyder’s stable of whores.

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Dugan is obviously a graduate of the Snyder School of “none of yo bizness” when it comes to transparency.

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  • Steve

    At this point, what difference does it make??!?

    • muckraker_steve

      Because he brought up the issue last night and continues to deceive people over the issue. When a politician lies, our democracy is compromised.

      • Steve

        Meh. You totally missed the Hillary Clinton reference, but I’m not surprised.

        • muckraker_steve

          “Meh” to honesty among elected officials? That’s the kind of complacency we need.

          • Steve

            Meh.

      • Steve

        When a journalist starts with a preconceived notion and forms a story to fit their narrative, that’s not objectivity, that’s bias. Meh.

    • Shatner

      nice hillary 🙂 haha

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Transparent. Absolutely God damn right. This outlook needs to happen more than it does. For instance. Look how long it took the mayors office to get rid of the Bozo that was destroying our Fire Department. How many lives were lost? how many firefighters were screwed over on a daily basis? why does it always have to come down to ” How many people can we piss off game”! before long awaited change occurs. Criminals. Criminals. every last one of them.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Transparent. Absolutely God damn right. This outlook needs to happen more than it does. For instance. Look how long it took the mayors office to get rid of the Bozo that was destroying our Fire Department. How many lives were lost? how many firefighters were screwed over on a daily basis? why does it always have to come down to ” How many people can we piss off game”! before long awaited change occurs. Criminals. Criminals. every last one of them.

    • Charles R. Rice

      Which one Donald?

      • Donald E. Hodge

        It’s getting so it really doesn’t matter all that much anymore Charles. Very sad statement Brother.