The Latest: Governor urges probe of Baltimore mayor’s deals
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on revelations about Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s lucrative deals to sell her self-published children’s books (all times local):
Maryland’s governor has called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of self-dealing involving Baltimore’s mayor.
In a letter to the state prosecutor released Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan says allegations facing Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh are “deeply disturbing.”
Hogan says he’s particularly concerned about a $500,000 sale to a university-based health care system “because it has significant continuing ties with the State and receives very substantial public funding.”
The Republican governor’s request came shortly after Maryland’s comptroller called on Pugh to resign.
Also Monday, Kaiser Permanente disclosed that it paid $114,000, between 2015 and 2018, for roughly 20,000 copies of Pugh’s self-published “Healthy Holly” illustrated paperbacks for children.
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.