Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a liar and a race-baiter who's unfit for office and should resign for the community's good.
Cox tells WJR-AM's Lloyd Jackson he was shocked by the black leader's televised use of the N-word and his appeal for support while attacking opponents as racist.
Kilpatrick's statements came at the end of Tuesday's State of the City address.
Cox, who is white, calls it "race baiting" on par with segregationists David Duke and George Wallace.
Cox says Kilpatrick clearly perjured himself while testifying he didn't have an affair with his chief of staff. It's under criminal investigation.
A Kilpatrick spokesman says the mayor used the slur to show how hurtful it can be.
Detroit mayoral spokesman James Canning says Attorney General Mike Cox is entitled to his opinion, but Kwame Kilpatrick plans to stay in office.