Nice brochure on Kwame who wrote it?
A 36-page glossy brochure chronicling Detroit under Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was received last week in the mail at Detroit homes.
The author, however, is a mystery.
Called “Detroit … then and now: A Six-Year Retrospective Look at the Motor City,” it contains essays on topics like “stabilizing a city” and “rebuilding neighborhoods.” The mayor is depicted in 18 photos, and there is a letter attributed to the mayor on the back inside cover.
The printer was Detroit-based Inland Press, part of Detroit Legal News Publishing L.L.C. Brad Thompson II, president and CEO, declined to discuss who ordered the brochures or how many were printed.
James Canning, Kilpatrick’s deputy press secretary, said the brochure did not originate in the mayor’s office and was not paid for with public money. He was unable to get answers Friday from Kilpatrick.
“It is an accurate portrayal and we do like the piece.”
The mailing appears to have been sent to registered voters, which number close to 610,000, according to City Clerk Janice Winfrey.
Kilpatrick recently has used Impact Strategies L.L.C., a Washington, D.C.-based crisis-management firm for public relations, especially since the onset of the “textgate” scandal, which led to his being charged with perjury by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
Phone calls and e-mails sent Friday to Impact Strategies and its principal, Judy Smith, were not returned by press time.