Nation in Brief / MICHIGAN Detroit mayor: ‘I truly apologize’

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick pleaded for forgiveness from his family and his constituents in an emotional televised speech, his delayed response to recently revealed racy text messages that contradicted his sworn testimony that he did not have a physical relationship with a key aide.

“I truly apologize to you,” Kilpatrick said, turning to his wife, Carlita, who sat by his side, holding his hand, at their family church. “I am the mayor. I made the mistake. I am accountable.”

He vowed to remain mayor.