Lost in the hilarity of Democratic California State Senator Leland Yee getting hooked up for corruption, arms trafficking and money laundering, was that on the very same day, our own Mayor of Charlotte Patrick Cannon (D) got the stainless bracelet treatment for corruption and bribery.
Which brings me to this article by the Associated Press, which is a brief roundup of Mayors across the nation who have recently been arrested and charged with bribery and other scandals.
I’ll reproduce it here in case it gets memory holed:
Big city mayors caught up in recent scandals
By Associated Press, Published: March 26
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is facing public corruption charges after prosecutors said he solicited $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as developers. Cannon is the latest mayor of a large city to face a scandal in recent years. Here is a look at some others:
— Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty in February of 20 counts of accepting bribes and other corruption charges for taking money to help business owners get millions of dollars in city work, including in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
— Former Trenton, N.J., Mayor Tony Mack was convicted in February of taking money in exchange for getting approval in 2012 to develop a downtown parking garage that only existed in a federal sting. He is awaiting sentencing. He is one of a long list of New Jersey mayors to face corruption charges since 2000, including the leaders of Newark, Camden, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Hoboken, Passaic, Asbury Park, Orange and Hamilton.
— Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned last August after a number of sexual harassment allegations. He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery in October and was sentenced to three months of home confinement in December.
— Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is serving 28 years in prison after being convicted in October of extortion, bribery, conspiracy and other crimes. In October 2008, Kilpatrick spent 99 days in jail for his part in a sex-and-text scandal.
— Former Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Larry Langford took $235,000 in cash, loans and gifts while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission in the early- and mid-2000s. He was convicted of 60 counts in October 2009 and is serving 15 years in prison.
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Well, that’s quite a list! Odd that party affiliation seems to be missing from this. It’s a running gag in my circles that not mentioning the party affiliation is mentioning the party affiliation, but because the AP seems to be lazy, I’ll do their homework for them:
- Patrick Cannon: Democrat.
- Ray Nagin: Democrat.
- Tony Mack: Democrat.
- Mayor of Newark, Louis Quintana: Democrat.
- Mayor of Camden, Dana Redd: Democrat.
- Mayor of Paterson, Jeffrey Jones: Democrat
- Mayor of Perth Amboy, Wilda Diaz: Democrat
- Mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer: Democrat
- Mayor of Passaic, Alex Blanco: Democrat.
- Mayor of Asbury Park, Myra Campbell: Democrat
- Mayor of Orange, Mayor of Hamilton: Couldn’t find out what they did, but I guess it was a “local news story”.
- Bob Filner: Democrat.
- Kwame Kilpatrick: Democrat.
- Larry Langford: Democrat.
Well, how about that? When a Democrat gets arrested for something, their party affiliation doesn’t seem to be a relevant part of the story. But when they catch a Republican, it’s in the lead paragraph:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as a rising star in the GOP, and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges accusing the couple of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in loans, shopping sprees, money for their daughter’s wedding — and even a joyride in a Ferrari — from the owner of a company that makes health supplements.
AP, are you in the business of reporting the news or not? The answer, it would seem, is not.