Maryland comptroller calls for Baltimore mayor to resign

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s chief accountant is calling for Baltimore’s mayor to step down, calling the latest revelations about lucrative deals to sell her self-published children’s books “brazen, cartoonish corruption.”

In a Monday tweet, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot wrote: “The Mayor has to resign — now.”

His comments came on the same day that Kaiser Permanente disclosed that it paid Mayor Catherine Pugh’s limited liability company about $114,000 for roughly 20,000 copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books.

Those purchases came during a period when the health provider sought a city contract.

Pugh became mayor in 2016. The next year, Baltimore’s spending board, which is controlled by the mayor, awarded a $48 million contract to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic.

Calls to Pugh’s attorney were not immediately returned Monday.

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