The media is always quick, and happy, to report on any Republican or conservative who gets into legal trouble.
And usually, it doesn’t even matter if it’s all just phony charges by overzealous prosecutors violating the law.
But this Democrat hero mayor was just sentenced to hard time and the media all but ignored it.
She was once considered the “savior” of the City of Baltimore.
She ran for mayor to replace embattled and disgraced Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who was in office during the Freddie Gray riots that paralyzed the Charm City.
But then she received the endorsement of Congressman Elijah Cummings in April 2016 which put her in the lead. Pugh won the Democratic primary with 37% of the vote to Dixon’s 34% in a hotly contested race to determine who would try and bring Baltimore out of the destruction and corruption of the previous administration.
Pugh then won the November 8 general election with 57% of the vote and took office on December 6, 2016.
Pugh succeeded Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as Baltimore’s 50th mayor. As mayor, she inherited several important and troublesome issues from the Rawlings-Blake administration.
Not least of which was how to handle and get over the riots that had run amok under Rawlings-Blake who actually at one point told the police to stand down and let it all burn.
Additional issues the Pugh’s administration faced included Baltimore’s skyrocketing crime levels, and what to do with the vacant housing and revitalization development program, which became more of an issue after the riots caused so much damage.
And Pugh, despite supporting it during her campaign, vetoed a bill to increase Baltimore’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over five years, citing legitimate concerns about businesses moving out of the city and adverse effects on nonprofits and small businesses.
While her reasoning was sound, Pugh was highly criticized for the move.
Ricarra Jones, chairwoman of the Fight for $15 Baltimore Coalition, said, “As a state senator, Mayor Pugh was a strong supporter of a livable minimum wage and explicitly promised to sign the Baltimore wage bill as mayor. Today, she has made clear that promises are made to be broken.”
But it would turn out broken promises were the least of Pugh’s worries.
This payment was controversial because the years of payments all coincided with her tenure as head of a health committee in the Maryland State Senate and then as mayor of Baltimore.
Pugh never disclosed the payments or recused herself from votes and decisions involving the medical system.
Even worse, Pugh received $500,000 from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) for 100,000 copies of her books, however the company that printed them confirmed it had only printed 60,000 copies.
When asked about this issue, Pugh first said that the UMMS sales were her only book sales, but the Baltimore Sun reported that Kaiser Permanente paid more than $100,000 for copies of the book, and a nonprofit called Associated Black Charities paid Pugh’s organization nearly $80,000 for copies of the book.
It turned out both organizations did business with the city of Baltimore.
Because of the growing scandal, On April 8, 2019, all members of the Baltimore City Council signed a memorandum calling for Pugh to resign as mayor. Pugh took a medical leave of absence but said she intended to return to office following her “illness.”
Then on April 25, 2019, FBI and IRS agents raided six locations, including two houses owned by Pugh and Baltimore City Hall.
Not surprisingly on May 2, 2019, Pugh resigned as Mayor of Baltimore. And in November 2019, she was indicted by a grand jury on 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy.
In order to avoid a harsh penalty, the following day she signed a plea agreement, admitting guilt.
This week Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years probation.
Additionally, U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow ordered Pugh to pay $412,000 in restitution, and forfeit nearly $670,000 including her Ashburton home and the remaining balance of her campaign account totaling $17,800.
Not surprisingly the media has been silent on this shocking development. It seems it’s only news if it’s the other side.