February 12, 2009, - 2:30 pm

Irony of the Day #1: Michigan Billionaire Lays Off 250 Workers, Hires Criminal Thug Kwame Kilpatrick on Same Day

By Debbie Schlussel
Is it just me? Or is it ironic–not to mention, sickening–that while
A) Compuware Corp. of Detroit laid off 4% of its workforce–250 employeees–yesterday (after laying off 300 workers four months ago);
B) Compuware Corp. of Detroit, also yesterday, hired ex-con former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick fresh out of jail?
I guess the employees in Group A made the mistake of not ripping off the people of Detroit to the tune of $9 million-plus and lying under oath.
Innocent people lose their jobs. Yet, a famous criminal thug gets a job the same day from the same company. Sounds like a third world country.

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Pete Karmanos, Wife #3 (or 4?); Ex-Con Kwame “The Kingpin” Kilpatrick

Ask Compuware CEO and billionaire Pete Karmanos why he throws good, hardworking, decent people on the street, while he scoops up criminal gangsta mayors up for jobs.
Must have something to do with those gazillion dollar incentives and favors Kwame Kilpatrick gave Karmanos after he moved his company to downtown Detroit.
Crime pays. And so does bribery and corporate welfare, er . . . “tax incentives”, apparently.
Oh, and one other thing: When Pete Karmanos hires criminals, he does it in style. He is the one who reportedly footed the bill for Kwame the Kingpin to fly, via private jet, to Dallas for his job interview (which was a formality, he’d already been offered the job), and to move Kilpatrick’s family into a swanky $3,000/month home in Dallas, where they’ve been living since the fall.
Yup, crime pays.

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10 Responses

Can he run again like Marion Barry? Seriously, this guy could pull a “Marion Barry” and become Mayor again. It seems like Detroit would put up with him again, seeing the other council members they have.

californiascreaming on February 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Why are you still living in benighted Michigan any way?

Ripper on February 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Sheesh, I want to go anarchist after seeing the curent state of politics

mindy1 on February 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Kilpatrick must have photos of Karmanos doing something he shouldn’t have.

LoveAManInAUniform on February 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

How does Karmanos benefit from hiring pimpdaddy? Strange.

lexi on February 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Compuware is a publicly traded company. I can’t imagine shareholders and even directors remaining silent over the next week about this.
And if they shout loud enough, Karmanos is going to be asked a lot of uncomfortable questions.
Compuware’s customer base consists of large major corporations worldwide, who run massive enterprise software systems. They’re not going to view this in a pleasant light, either. They don’t like doing business with cranks.
Perhaps a(nother) scandle will soon come to light.

Shy Guy on February 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm

“Kilpatrick must have photos of Karmanos doing something he shouldn’t have.”
Text message logs are more likely.

jpm100 on February 13, 2009 at 6:13 am

Well- he IS the text message king. He’s probably going to be a consultant on how to not get busted for chatting with da ho’s.

MarySJ on February 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Who is the ‘family’ that has moved to Texas? His loudmouth mother who is polluting Congress? His crooked, unattractive girlfriend? Any illegitimate kids we don’t know about?

c f on February 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

From now on, the Karmanos name will have a an awful stinking sh__ stain and smell all over it.
The Karmanos Cancer Centers/hospitals are all tainted now too. How can anyone have any faith in anything Peter Karmanos has touched any longer?
Lie down with a whore, you get up with STD’s. Karmanos and Kwame–a match made in hell.
I hope the hidden dirty deal comes out some day as to what is really going on here. Kwame has never worked a day in the kind of thing Karmanos is hiring him to do.
And it looks like the next chapter of Kwame (the black Don Fanucci) Rides Again!

BB on February 13, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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