Dem Baltimore Mayor Resigns Amid Financial Scandal

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh resigned Thursday, a month after taking a medical leave amid a growing scandal over her sales of a self-published children’s book series, sources tell The Baltimore Sun.

Pugh submitted a letter of resignation dated Thursday. Her resignation is effective immediately, attorney Steven Silverman said at a news conference. She did not attend, and Silverman took no questions.

Pugh’s defiant pledge last month to return to work gave way after federal agents raided her home and City Hall office a week ago. She is the second Baltimore mayor in a decade to quit in connection with a criminal investigation.

Baltimore’s NBC affiliate reports:

Her resignation comes amid the controversy over her no-bid book deal with the University of Maryland Medical System. The state prosecutor is investigating the book deals and possible ethics violations, Pugh’s attorneys told the 11 News I-Team.

Pugh resigned from UMMS as a board member, along with returning a $100,000 payment to the medical system, part of what she received for selling children’s books to the system.