Catherine Pugh, the Baltimore mayor, claimed she was taking an ‘indefinite leave of absence’ after a scandal over her self-serving book sales erupted.
Ms Pugh’s office released a statement late Monday afternoon saying that she has been fighting pneumonia “for the past few weeks” and that her doctors advise her to “focus on her health.”
Her decision to go on leave came on the same day that Maryland’s Republican governor asked the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of self-dealing by Pugh. It was alleged that companies seeking contacts with the city bought large quantities of her books in return for ‘positive’ recommendations for the mayor.
Maryland Governor Mr Larry Hogan stated that the allegations facing Ms Pugh and her questionable arrangements to sell her illustrated “Healthy Holly” books are “deeply disturbing.”
Most intriguing was a $500,000 sale to a university-based health care system “because it has significant continuing ties with the State and receives very substantial public funding.”
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot claimed that “the Mayor has to resign now. The people of Baltimore are facing too many serious challenges, as it is, to also deal with such brazen, cartoonish corruption from their chief executive.”
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