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Duggan's out, what are we left with?

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Off the Chain Opinion

by Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff

DETROIT - Is it really so surprising that Mike Duggan got tripped up on a legal technicality and got tossed from the mayoral ballot?

The city charter language was clear. A candidate must live in the city for a year before filing his candidacy papers.  Duggan himself acknowledged he read the law saying it perplexed him. Nevertheless, Mack Truck Mike wanted to be the first out of the gate and filed two weeks early. Now he's been shown the door.

Duggan's got a long resume and a lot of executive qualities but it's also worth remembering that places where Duggan has worked, from the Wayne County executive suite to the Detroit Medical Center, have been paid a visit by the feds. Duggan likes to say he's never been indicted, but that's not much of a political plank.

Duggan and his crew got tripped up on something this small, you've got to ask yourself how effective a mayor he would have been anyway considering the morass the city finds is in. I guess we'll never know.

So Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is the odds-on favorite to inherit the chair. But Napoleon finds himself fighting allegations of cronyism, ineptitude and his part in the bloated white whale that is the new county jail.

Rounding out the field is a host of politicos who've spent varying amounts of time in Lansing, City Hall or tax prison. Not one of them has presented much of a vision for Detroit's future except to say that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has to go.

But Orr is the guy who is doing all the dirty work, cleaning up the mess the fetid political class has created over the decades. Like it or not, Chapter 9 bankruptcy is coming -- take that to the bank -- and a host of special interests --the unsecured creditors, the unions, the retirees -- are going to suffer. Orr is going to take from the cops in order to give to the cops. He's ordered a probe into corruption and mismanagement in the pension funds. This should have happened long ago, but no one had the backbone.

Who in the political field has tried to groom a relationship with Orr? Who has asked to study at his table? No one. We have leadership that protests and marches in circles. They collect paychecks for work that is irrelevant or doesn't get done. Does anybody know where City Council President Charles Pugh disappeared to for the last week without telling anyone?

Point is, we have little young political talent who can take over once Orr is done and lead us into a future we all deserve. We have too many ministers and not enough MBA's. We raise our children and educate them and off they go to DC and NY and LA and Chicago.

And that's too bad. There is light at the end of this tunnel but we've got the blind leading the blind

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