Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says that she isn’t lucid enough to resign from office after 5 locations were raided by the FBI and the IRS over her pay to play scheme. When she was a board member for the University of Maryland, they purchased a half a million dollars worth of her book.
A company that was looking for a mega-million dollar contract with the city of Baltimore bought $114,000 worth of books. They got the contract. The FBI and IRS raided her two homes, the office of a business she owns and her office at City Hall along with the home of a former aide.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who is facing increased calls for her immediate resignation, remains in poor health and is not “lucid” enough to decide whether to step down, her attorney told reporters late Thursday.
Steve Silverman, speaking outside one of Pugh’s residences which was raided by the FBI and IRS earlier in the day, said the embattled city leader could make a decision as early as next week.
“She is leaning toward making the best decision in the best interest in the citizens of Baltimore City,” he said, adding that Pugh has “several options” to consider.
“She just needs to be physically and mentally sound and lucid enough to make appropriate decisions.”
Silverman said Pugh met with a doctor at home Thursday and plans to do so again Friday, the Baltimore Sun reported.
In the latest image-tarnishing scandal for struggling Baltimore, the first-term Democratic mayor faces accusations that she used children’s book deals to cover up kickbacks for favorable treatment as a state lawmaker and city leader that earned her roughly $800,000 over several years.