Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned Thursday amid a growing scandal over the sale of self-published books and her relationships with firms doing business with the city. All we know about her status and intentions comes from a private attorney, Steven Silverman, and now he's telling us that at 3:30 today in his office - not the mayor's residence, not City Hall - he will inform Baltimore of who its mayor will be. The city's entire Democratic establishment, with the sole exception of acting Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young, has been clamoring for her resignation. "And I'm going to run the city like the mayor", Young said from Detroit, where's he's attending a conference about economic development before his return to Baltimore over the weekend. "To that end, Mayor Pugh will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to recuperate from this serious illness". Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has said Pugh should step down and the state prosecutor is investigating public corruption accusations against her.
Silverman announced a news conference for Thursday afternoon to discuss the mayor's future.
Ms Pugh has been on sick leave since 1 April, recovering from pneumonia, according to her office. The embattled soon-to-be-ex-mayor has been the subject of a federal corruption investigation concerning her "Healthy Holly" book series.
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Pugh's defiant pledge last month to return to work gave way after federal agents raided her home and City Hall office a week ago. She also sold 20,000 copies of the books to Kaiser Permanente for $114,000 from 2015 to 2018, and 10,000 copies to Associated Black Charities for almost $80,000 from 2011 and 2016. She came to office contrasting her clean image with her main opponent, ex-mayor Sheila Dixon, who was forced to depart office in 2010 as part of a plea deal for misappropriating about $500 in gift cards meant for needy families. As it would turn out, March 28 would be the last time Catherine E. Pugh would be seen publicly and in her official capacity as Baltimore's 50th Mayor. Pugh had been a member of the board of the University of Maryland Medical System while it ordered her books, while Kaiser Permanente purchased a run as it was bidding for a $48 million city contract.
At issue for multiple investigators are questionable financial arrangements she negotiated over years selling her hard-to-find "Healthy Holly" books. "Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust".
Pugh, a Democrat, is under investigation for alleged "self-dealing" in connection to the sale of thousands of copies of a self-published children's book series.