A scandal involving suspicious payments for a children’s book series has members of one city council calling for the resignation of their local mayor.
Controversy has surrounded Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh after it was revealed that she arranged to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for her self-published “Healthy Holly” book series.
“The entire membership of the Baltimore City Council believes that it is not in the best interest of the City of Baltimore for you to continue to serve as Mayor,” Baltimore’s 14 member council wrote to Pugh. “We urge you to tender your resignation, effective immediately.”
However instead of addressing the issue, Pugh has instead opted to go on a leave of absence and wait for things to blow over. Her office issued a statement declaring that Pugh would take time off for “regaining her health” but “fully intends” to return.
“Mayor Pugh has taken a leave to focus on recovering from pneumonia and regaining her health,” the statement read. “She fully intends to resume the duties of her office and continuing her work on behalf of the people and the City of Baltimore.”
These implications and Pugh’s subsequent avoidance of them is just the latest embossment for the poor citizens of Baltimore.