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Ed Driscoll

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March 16th, 2013 - 12:45 pm

“Records show Detroit’s emergency manager has tax liens on his Maryland home,” the Detroit News reports:

The man charged with fixing Detroit’s faltering finances has been hit with four liens in four years from the state of Maryland for unpaid taxes, records show.

State records show Kevyn D. Orr, who was appointed emergency manager on Thursday, has two outstanding liens on his $1 million home in Chevy Chase, Md., for $16,000 in unemployment taxes in 2010 and 2011. Two other liens of more than $16,000 in unemployment and income taxes were satisfied in 2010 and 2011, records show.

Orr said he didn’t know anything about the liens when shown records of them Friday morning by The Detroit News.

“I don’t know what they are,” Orr said, as his new boss, Gov. Rick Snyder, sat next to him in The News’ offices. “That’s surprising to me, to be honest.”

I don’t know, it seems rather apt, somehow. The story comes just days after former Detroit mayor Kwame “Name That Party” Kilpatrick was found guilty “of a raft of charges, including racketeering, fraud and extortion, capping a five-month public corruption trial against him and two co-defendants,” as the New York Times reported on Monday.

Clearly Orr, “a Democrat who worked on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama,” the Detroit Free Press notes, the man tasked with cleaning Detroit’s Augean Stables, has a promising future in national politics, even if he fails at his current task.

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