"Go in the garage, pull the door down, leave the engine running." That was the advice Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson (who’s always good for a sharp quip) gave last week to his neighboring county executive Robert Ficano as the Wayne County corruption scandal escalates.
And it's no secret that Ficano, after having four former members of his administration facing federal corruption charges and a recent Detroit News reports showing his top ten campaign donors are employees of county vendors, that the leader of Wayne County has some 'xplainin' to do. It's also a chance to draw out some real party politics.
As the weeks ramp up to elections, party political lines are clearly drawn around the scandal. Republican candidate for Wayne County Commission Rick Convertino vows to raise $400,000 to pay poll workers and get the 200,000 sigantures needed to oust Ficano. A goal Convertino called "very doable" in a Detroit Free Press report. If they can raise that kind of money there must be some polical will behind the way.
Either way, it's a good look for Ficano.