Detroit, MI – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (13th District, Michigan) issued the following statement in response to remarks from former state representative Mary Waters, who says she is “out of touch” with her constituents:
“I am outraged that Mary Waters—who works for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy as deputy prosecutor for governmental affairs and is in the process of collecting signatures to enter the 13th Congressional District race—and her companion Sam Riddle would attempt to distort my record. Their comments are false, misguided, and incorrect assumptions based on personal aspirations.
While I am proud of both Democratic Presidential candidates, I am uncommitted in the Presidential primaries and have been uncommitted since the beginning of the Presidential campaigns. As Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, I elected to remain uncommitted to give my CBC Members, who are individual leaders representing 40 million Americans in 21 states, the opportunity to support the candidate of their choice. I have used my leadership to work for the people of the 13th Congressional District. I am currently working with a small group of Michigan leaders, who are also uncommitted, to ensure that all of our 156 Michigan delegates will be seated at our Democratic National Convention.
In my 30 years of public service, I have had a stellar record serving the people of the state of Michigan and the United States of America. As Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, I interact and collaborate with lawmakers, leaders, and people across the country and around the world. As the only Michigan Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, I have delivered more than a half billion dollars to improve the quality of life of the people I represent. As a result, I have consistently expressed my opposition to the war in Iraq and voiced my support of the troops and veterans, helped make college more accessible and affordable for families, lowered prescription drug prices for seniors, worked to strengthen the American automobile industry, and supported the development of new industries that would create jobs and revive Michigan’s economy.
The people of the 13th Congressional District have repeatedly expressed their confidence in my abilities. I am honored that they trust my leadership and want to assure them that I will always work for their best interests.”