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Others, worn out by the city’s long history of sketchy finances, including a school district already under emergency financial control, say they applaud an EFM takeover and think it’s long overdue.

“For many years, especially the last 11 years, Detroit has really been drowning in red ink and leadership hasn’t been able to stem the tide or find its way out of darkness,” said Detroit blogger John K. Bennett, writing in the Huffington Post on Friday. “As a city worker I say to other city workers we can no longer be afraid of an EFM and in fact it could be the best thing to happen.”

Mr. Bennett chided Mr. Bing for a lack of leadership and called for a certified public accountant with no ties to politics or city leadership to act as a “bottom-line bean counter” for Detroit.