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Relationship Information, Quotes, and Trivia
Where and/or how did Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty meet?
Why did Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty break up?
Other Relationship Information about Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty:
In January 2008, The Detroit Free Press examined and revealed the existence of more than 14,000 text messages exchanged between Kilpatrick and his chief of staff Christine Beatty on their city issued SkyTel pagers between September/October 2002 and April/May 2003. The dates are of importance because they encompass the time periods of the alleged Manoogian Mansion party and the ouster of Gary Brown respectively. The text-messages are the nucleus of an $8.4 million secret deal settlement by the city of Detroit. The attorneys for the city had tried since 2004 to keep the text messages hidden on the basis that they were personal and private communications.
A city directive re-authorized by Kilpatrick during his first term as mayor, indicates that all electronic communication sent on city equipment should be "used in an honest, ethical, and legal manner" and cautions, "is not considered to be personal or private." The mayor's spokesman said the policy only applies to city-owned equipment and the text-messages are exempt since they were sent on a city-leased device. Kilpatrick and Beatty, both married at the time, did discuss city business; however, many of the series of messages describe not a professional relationship but an extramarital sexual relationship between the two, often in graphic detail.
The text messages further describe their use of city funds to arrange romantic getaways, their fears of being caught by the mayor's police protection unit, and evidence the pair conspired to fire Detroit Police Deputy Chief Gary Brown. The exchanges also show their knowledge of 'fronts' in the bidding process and preferential treatment to close friend and businessman Bobby Ferguson. Text messages exchanged between Beatty and Ferguson show Ferguson requested and was given access to other contractors' bids, proposals and rates in order to undercut them, and ultimately secured over $45 million in city contracts. This preferential treatment in the Kilpatrick administration has come to be known as the 'Friends and Family Plan.'
Classic Quotes by Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty about their relationship:
"...clearly we've both made mistakes and what she did was the right thing to do" Kwame Kilpatrick
"You know, my wife trusts me, my kids trust me and I think a great deal of citizens here [trust me too]." Kwame Kilpatrick