“The development-political complex is a metastasizing cancer on the city’s body politic and economic health. Dixon is merely an excised limb. Unfortunately city politicians do not want to be cured, because ending the current system means giving up the power it provides them.”
– January 6, 2010
“Until Baltimore voters decide to dismantle the machine, nothing is going to change. Nobody really thinks that Catherine Pugh and Sheila Dixon are all that different. Do they?”
The prescience of those above quotes have really come to light in the last few days.
By this point, everybody knows that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh entered into an agreement with the University of Maryland Medical System to buy 100,000 copies of her self-published book for $500,000. We know that Pugh entered into this agreement while citing on the UMMS Board of Directors. We know that Pugh failed to report this agreement on seven years worth of state ethics forms dating back to her time as a State Senator. We now know that thousands of the books wound up in a Baltimore City School warehouse, that the school system never wanted them, and they have no accounting of where the books actually went. And we know that her fellow members of the Board of Directors, as well as the Hospital System CEO who ostensibly reported to her as a Director, donated vast sums of cash to her Mayoral campaign.