This Week's Scandal-Plagued Dem Mayor– Hartford's Eddie Perez
Another Democratic mayor is caught in a major scandal…
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez (left) was busted on bribery charges today. He joins three fellow democratic mayors caught in scandal this year. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Jan. 9, 2009, by a grand jury on 12 counts, including perjury, theft and misconduct in office. Racine Mayor Gary Becker (2nd from right) was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and possession of child pornography. Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor from a major American city, admitted last week that he had sexual relations with a teen intern.
Can we call it a “culture of corruption” yet?
Community organizer and Democratic Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez will surrender on bribery charges today:
Mayor Eddie A. Perez will be arrested on bribery charges at a state police barracks this morning, the result of a 15-month grand jury investigation into possible corruption at Hartford City Hall.
Perez and his attorney, Hubert J. Santos, said Monday that they believe the charges are related to $20,000 in kitchen and bathroom renovations done on the Hartford mayor’s home by contractor Carlos Costa.
Costa, who has done millions in work for the city, was arrested by state police Monday, said his lawyer, William Gerace. He was charged with two counts of bribery, and one count each of fabricating evidence and the conspiracy to fabricate evidence, Gerace said.
Perez was to be charged with bribery, fabricating evidence, and conspiring to fabricate evidence, Santos said.
And, yes. Once again the mainstream media refused to report which party he represented.