Check it out. A dishwasher that worked for a restaurant in Little Italy making minimum wage plus tips donated $6000 to Catherine Pugh mayoral campaign.
Sucks that this is a common practice among all politicians. Take all the money out of politics. You don't need to campaign. Make a video stating your case. Post it on the internet. Do a few town halls and debates which you can pay your own way to get to. This crap where they need like 40 handlers to tell them what color socks to wear in public is ridiculous.
Couple weeks ago John Oliver took his shot at Pugh. Hilarious, as usual.
Jokes aside, it really is a shame the disservice city officials do for their residents. Saw that the Transportation Director, hired by Pugh, recently resigned. An investigation showed that she flat out didn't request money from the state to fund road repairs for the city. Every county writes a letter in October to the Governor stating what they would like to repair, and the funding it would take. Hogan prioritizes the needs and allocates the money appropriately. Baltimore City not sending a letter is the same thing as saying "Our roads are fine. Money? No thank you." And thats just the tip of the iceberg.
“Short of Catherine Pugh’s resignation, this is the best thing that could happen for Baltimore right now,” [Councilman] Dorsey said Friday. “She is an embarrassingly incompetent DOT director.”
Bikemore, the bicycle advocacy organization that has been pushing for a better biking system in the city, said in a statement that Pugh’s and Pourciau’s actions were “at odds with the ethos of progressive transportation both claimed to embody.”
Bikemore called leadership turmoil in the transportation department troubling.
“This lack of leadership has cost the city millions in lost grant dollars, resulted in poorly managed projects, led to the attrition of talented staff, and has [sown] deep distrust in communities,” the organization said. “When communities don’t trust DOT to do its job, it blocks all progress toward building a city connected with high quality transportation choices.”
Deep distrust in communities. Not my words.
Pugh should have fired that person straight away for such a damming error. But she's too busy playing Healthy Holly sales rep to worry about, you know, a city she runs. They cited that it was during a period of transition. Pourciau was hired in June. The letter is due in October. Transition? Give me a break. So the previous DOT leader wasn't working on it either? It was even reported in The Sun in October. She kept her job and just this past week resigned amid investigations into other parts of her leadership.
People in power taking advantage of working class they are supposed to represent. Been happening since the beginning of time. Free money. Perks. Pretend to do things and really do nothing. City is doing a horrible disservice to its residents, in probably a lot more areas than have been reported.
These guys need to interview everyone in City Hall and make it all public. It'd be a hoot.