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Detroit mayor names replacement after chief of staffs resignation over steamy text messages
Detroit Mayor-Letter Heal
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff Christine Beatty, left, meet with The Detroit News Editorial board in this May 15, 2007 file photo. Beatty said Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, she is resigning amid allegations raised last week that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair. In a letter to Kilpatrick that was released by his office, Beatty said her resignation is effective Feb. 8, 2008. - photo by Associated Press
    DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick named a new chief of staff Tuesday, a day after the woman who previously held the post resigned amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.
    Kandia Milton, who has served as deputy chief of staff and liaison to Detroit’s City Council, was appointed to Christine Beatty’s job, Kilpatrick announced in a written statement released Tuesday.
    In a letter to Kilpatrick that was released by his office on Monday, Beatty said she could no longer effectively carry out her duties.
    A prosecutor launched an investigation last week into the allegations, which came to light when the Detroit Free Press reported details of steamy text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty.
    A conviction of lying under oath can bring up to 15 years’ imprisonment.
    Both Kilpatrick and Beatty testified in a trial last summer that they did not have a physical relationship in 2002 and 2003, when the messages were reportedly sent. The 14,000 messages examined by the newspaper reveal the two carried on a flirty, sometimes sexually explicit dialogue about where to meet and how to conceal their numerous trysts.
    ‘‘I’m madly in love with you,’’ Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002.
    ‘‘I hope you feel that way for a long time,’’ Beatty replied. ‘‘In case you haven’t noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!’’
    On Oct. 16, 2002, Kilpatrick wrote Beatty: ‘‘I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.’’
    Kilpatrick is married with three children. Beatty was married at the time of the messages and has two children. She has served as the Kilpatrick administration’s chief of staff since the mayor took office in 2002.
    The two, both 37, have been friends since they attended the same Detroit high school. Kilpatrick also appointed Beatty as his chief of staff when he became state House minority leader in 1999. She was his campaign manager during his campaigns for state House and the mayor’s office.

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