Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid the scandal of a self-published book series, apologizing for hurting the image of the city after an FBI raid of her city hall office and home.
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“Dear citizens of Baltimore I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as the 50th mayor it has been an honor and privilege,” her attorney Stephen Silverman read from her resignation letter at a news conference. “I'm sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor. Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward."
Pugh's resignation comes while she was still on leave after experiencing health issues as a result of pneumonia diagnoses, along with Maryland's governor and members of Baltimore's city council calling for the action.
"Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead."Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said to the Baltimore Sun after news of the FBI raid of Pugh's office was made public. "For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”
The resignation means City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young will take over the duty full-time after filling in during Pugh's leave of absence but insisted that he would not seek re-election to the position in 2020.
“Everybody knows that my dream job at one time was to be mayor,” Young said at a news conference after first stepping into the interim role. “But I found out that the president of the City Council is the best job in the world and I’m just going to do this as a placeholder. I will be running for the president of the City Council of Baltimore.”
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