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Bernard Kilparick just a lousy lobbyist?

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For years Bernard Kilpatrick was considered one of the most influential men in Detroit, but based on testimony in the Kilpatrick incorporated trial, he was not the most effective of lobbyist.

Jon Rutherford, Thomas Hardiman and now Karl Kado -- three Detroit businessmen looking for help getting things done in city hall.

All three turned to Bernard Kilpatrick and why not?  Who would have more access to the mayor's office than the mayor's own father?

The elder Kilpatrick, known as B.K. or Killer, started his firm days before his son took office.  When I asked Kwame Kilpatrick back then if he'd need to put any special rules in place for dealing with his dad's deals, he said no way, he knew the difference between right and wrong.

The feds, who have charged them with multiple counts of public corruption, would disagree.

Jurors will decide who's right.  So far we've heard Bernard Kilpatrick's clients testify that, for the most part, what they got from Bernard Kilpatrick was a bill.

Rutherford testified that he hired Kilpatrick to help him navigate city hall.  He shelled out ten grand a month, but his dream of a riverfront casino came to naught.

Hardiman testified that Lakeshore Engineering also paid for Bernard's advice, but B.K. couldn't help them with their problems with city hall.

And now Kado joins the list of unhappy clients.  He testified Tuesday that he turned to Kilpatrick for help getting the city to pay him more than $3 million he was owed.  He never got the money.

B.K.'s lawyer John Shea told Kado in court Tuesday, "So obviously he didn't have the juice that you thought he might have."

Bernard Kilpatrick declined to discuss his lobbying prowess, or lack there of, after court.

Killer might not have been a killer lobbyist, but you've got to believe that deep down inside he's got to be just a little glad that he didn't get more done for his clients, at least the ones that are testifying for the government.

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