FLASHBACK: Baltimore Mayor Fled State Amid Federal Raids Over Corruption

Flashback Baltimore Mayor Fled State Corruption

Only three months ago, the Mayor of Baltimore fled the state and essentially went into hiding as the federal government conducted raids relating to her alleged corruption.

As President Donald Trump continues to be called a racist for describing the city of Baltimore, Maryland as an “infested” place full of rats, trash, crime, and corruption, Americans are remembering a recent corruption scandal that saw Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, flee the state.

Big League Politics reported in April:

Catherine Pugh, the Democrat mayor of Baltimore has reportedly fled the state of Maryland amid FBI and IRS raids on her home, and her office in City Hall.

“[N]o one has seen the mayor and her own spokesperson doesn’t know where she is even though she’s supposed to be recovering from pneumonia,” according to WJZ13. “However, a source tells WJZ however Pugh was at her home when the raid began, but has since left the state.”

Her attorney reportedly did not reply to a comment request.

Citing health concerns, Pugh took an indefinite leave of absence just as an investigation was opened into her dealings selling children’s books.

Pugh would later resign over the corruption charges, prompting the mainstream media to lament her departure from the state’s political scene.

CNN, for example, called it an “absolutely stunning fall”:

On Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned just a few weeks after news broke of a no-bid book deal — via a state agency — for a book she had self-published. Pugh, in the wake of the initial reporting by the Baltimore Sun, had largely disappeared from public view and her resignation was more a matter of when, not if.

For more on Pugh’s fall — and what it says about the city she once led — I reached out to the Sun’s Dan Rodricks. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

While President Trump is called racist for describing the city accurately, it is worth nothing that local media agreed with the president publicly in 2016.

Big League Politics reported:

efore the hyper-partisanship set in completely with the fake news media, the Baltimore Sun published an article declaring that Trump is correct about his assertion that Baltimore and other large Democrat-run cities are disaster zones.

The op/ed was written by Sean Kennedy at the Maryland Public Policy Institute in Nov. 2016, shortly after Trump was elected to the White House, admitting the problems with Baltimore that Trump brought up were in fact legitimate.

“Donald J. Trump is known for his hyperbole, but not all of his ideas are a stretch. Our inner cities are a “disaster,” as he said in the final presidential debate — and they should be officially declared so,” Kennedy wrote.

Big League Politics will continue to track and chronicle leftist absurdity related to the city of Baltimore and Democrats’ response to the president.


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