Did Republican gubernatorial frontrunner cover up a party he termed an ‘urban legend’ because he was there getting a lapdance?
Michigan’s Republican attorney general Mike Cox is running for Governor of Michigan. Big breaking news comes out today which may kill his chances of winning, and which would likely kill Republican’s chances of taking over the Governor’s mansion.
First, some back story:
In 2003, Tamara Greene, an exotic dancer, was killed in the City of Detroit. It was later alleged in a federal lawsuit that sometime before her death, Greene had recently worked at a party at the Detroit Mayor’s mansion. The lawsuit also alleges that while at the party, Greene was assaulted by then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife after she walked in and saw the stripped giving Mayor Kilpatrick a lap dance. The lawsuit insinuates that the stripper was killed for some reason related to the party, or to protect the mayor’s wife. Explicitly, the lawsuit claims that the party and the death of Greene were covered up by the police.
To most observers, it did seem odd that the police investigation came to a screeching halt. Michigan’s Republican attorney general Mike Cox held a notorious press conference where he declared to the media that the party was merely an “urban legend.” Cox claimed that there was no proof that a party happened, or that the stripper was assaulted.
Witnesses within the police department and elsewhere have since alleged that the police and attorney general’s investigation was stopped and that they believe there was a cover-up. However, until today, nobody came forward to say that there were at the party.
Today, the local nbc affiliate learned that a member of a local motorcycle club filed an affidavit stating that he worked security at the party. He claims to have seen the stripper giving a lap dance to the mayor, when his wife walked in and hit the stripper, who flew off into a coffee table which broke. The mayor’s wife then allegedly hit the stripper with a table leg according to the affidavit.
Perhaps most shocking is that the affidavit claims that Michigan’s Republican attorney general and now gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox was at the party! It also claims Cox was getting a lap dance! This affidavit by the witness seems to support the recent and quietly reported claim of another person, a police dispatcher, who had heard from a responding police officer that Cox was at the party - which he denied.
If the party took place, and the attorney general was there, then he lied to everyone about the party being an urban legend to save his own backside. If he helped kill the investigation of the stripper’s death to cover up for being at the party, then that is even more disgusting. This has big ramifications for the primary and the general election.
Last Minute Election Trick, or the Truth:
The attorney general has yet to come forward to respond to this witness’ account, but some are casting doubt on the story because the Republican primary is taking place in two weeks. However, the Republican primary for Governor has not been a blood bath, and it does not appear to be in keeping with the tone of the other Republican candidates for them to come out with this information. Although this is politics.
Conversely, the witnesses statement about the party is in a sworn affidavit. He risks two years in jail if he lied. Further, the witness appears to have a story consistent with what the police dispatcher was told by the responding police officer. The witness has also requested police protection because he is scared, a legitimate position given the powerful parties involved and the fact that a woman is dead.
This could be a disaster for Cox, and the Republican’s chances for taking over the Michigan governorship. Stay tuned…