The Baltimore Democrat mayor is resigning in the face of mounting corruption charges from the FBI. Fox News reports:
Baltimore’s embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned Thursday amid state and federal investigations into whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children’s book “Heathy Holly” to disguise kickbacks.
The announcement, effective immediately, ends weeks of uncertainty surrounding the first-term Democratic mayor.
“Sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and to the credibility of the office of the mayor,” Pugh’s attorney read in a statement from her. “Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward.”
Calls for Pugh to resign had intensified in the past few days. Instead of making a decision, though, Pugh stayed holed up inside her three-story home for nearly a month. Her lawyers said she was too fragile to make a decision but residents and members of her own party grew weary of her open-ended retreat and demanded she either step up or step aside.
Baltimore is a know cesspool of corruption, something that ultimately happens in a one-party jurisdiction. Hopefully, more political competition will break the political machine and restore honest government in the city.