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Cirque du Council



The rift between Detroit City Council members led to some petty, downright silly bickering last week.

The latest bout took place when Kay Everett, following her usual M.O., arrived late to the meeting and insisted on discussing an issue that had already been thoroughly hashed out. She persisted in questioning a representative of the city’s Law Department about parking rates at Ford Field and Comerica Park.

Joann Watson, who chaired the meeting, asked Everett to move on, at which point the Hatted One rebelled.

“You all are turning into a big group of circus people,” Everett said, referring to the faction of Watson, Ken Cockrel, Maryann Mahaffey, Barbara-Rose Collins and Sharon McPhail. Watson responded by telling Everett she oughta be ashamed of herself, adjourned the meeting and had Everett’s microphone turned off.

Not surprisingly, that didn’t much help quieting Admiral Everett.

“I’m gonna say what I have to say as soon as you cut this microphone back on,” Everett promised, to which Watson responded by waving a ceremonial African broom and saying, “We’re going to ask the elders and ancestors to watch over you.”

The meeting was soon reconvened, but Everett left, followed by Alberta Tinsley-Talabi. Watson subsequently introduced a resolution calling for the removal of a council member by the sergeant-at-arms if the person thrice refuses to follow direction from the chair. All News Hits can say is we want a front-row seat when the three-ring discussion of that proposal takes place.

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