Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor whose spectacular rise and fall — he was convicted of 10 felonies in 2008 and currently faces more charges — made headlines nationwide, visited Tavis Smiley recently to discuss his book, Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick, and the lessons he's learned.
When Smiley asks if Kilpatrick, who became mayor at the young age of 31, got "too much, too soon," he said no. "I don't have this broad generalization that you're too young to get something," he told Smiley. "There's no age limit for cheating on your spouse … Lying under oath about a sexual relationship is not an age thing."
He adds that the job of Detroit mayor is second only to president of the United States in difficulty, and his time in solitary confinement in prison was the "first time [he] felt true freedom."
Watch the whole interview Wednesday night on PBS. Check pbs.org/tavis for airtimes.
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Lauren is a former Deputy Editor of The Root.