Another one bites the dust! And another one, and another one, another incumbent bites the dust
Seven-term Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) became the latest Congressional casualty in a primary season fraught with anti-incumbent furor early Wednesday morning.
State Sen. Hansen Clarke (D) upset Kilpatrick in a stunner to secure
the Democratic nomination in Michigan’s 13th Congressional district. Kilpatrick became the fourth House member to lose their primary this year. Primary voters have already shown Reps. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Bob Inglis (R-SC) and Parker Griffith (R-AL) the door. Incumbent Sens. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) also lost their primaries.
Kilpatrick narrowly survived a 2008 primary, winning by just four points in a three-way contest.
But Kilpatrick’s surname appeared to be a strike against her this time. Her son is Kwame Kilpatrick, the former flamboyant mayor of Detroit. The younger Kilpatrick is now jailed after violating his probation on state felony charges. Authorities had charged him with perjury and obstruction of justice before he resigned. A federal grand jury indicted then indicted the former mayor in June for allegedly misusing campaign dollars.
The Congresswoman declined to testify before the grand jury earlier this year and has remained mum about her son’s case. She dismissed suggestions that his legal problems could impact her own campaign.