Wayne County executive Robert Ficano continued to defend his reputation this Friday morning at the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics forum in Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel. But he said he has no hard feelings about media coverage of the Wayne County corruption scandal despite tough scrutiny. “No, I am not going to resign,” he responded when event host, Carol Cain, asked if he would step down under the pressure of having four former members of his administration facing federal corruption charges. “I have not done anything wrong.”
When asked if he felt media coverage of the Wayne County scandal has been fair, he said he understands everyone has a job to do. “I recognize what the first amendment is all about. The media have a job to do and I don’t resent it. This is the life I have chosen. I am a public official. With that comes scrutiny.”
Ficano was a panalist along with fellow Metro Detroit leaders Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Oakland County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County executive Mark Hackel.
Ficano also added that the important thing to keep in mind is that Wayne County is doing fine under his leadership, with a balanced budget and event a bit of surplus. “I’ve been a public offical for 30 years and doing a good job,” he told more than 400 attendees at the forum. “Six months of difficulty shouldn’t define me.”