Charlotte's Mayor: BUSTED! Dumb Dem Arrested on Corruption Charges 5 Months Into Office

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    Mar 26, 2014 9:54 PM GMT

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    Charlotte ObserverCharlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges, with the FBI alleging he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor’s office where he also solicited $1 million more.

    In return for the money, trips, hotel rooms and access to a luxury SouthPark apartment, Cannon promised to help agents posing as potential commercial investors with zoning, parking and other city-related issues.

    Note to crooked pols: Just because someone places gifts in front of you doesn't ever mean you should take 'em and not expect repercussions down the line.

    Charlotte ObserverIf convicted on all charges, the 47-year-old mayor faces up to 50 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. He remains mayor until he either resigns or is convicted, according to city officials. The case is still being investigated, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    Cannon is the longest-serving elected official in Charlotte, having joined the city council in 1993. He is the region’s highest-ranking official to be charged in a corruption case since former N.C. House speaker Jim Black of Matthews, also a Democrat, pleaded guilty in 2007.

    Cannon’s arrest follows a four-year investigation, which stretched from a Las Vegas resort to the mayor’s office on the 15th floor of the Government Center, which Cannon has occupied for only five months.

    Authorities said Cannon took bribes from undercover FBI agents five times – the most recent on Feb. 21 when he collected $20,000 in cash in the mayor’s office.

    Tompkins said undercover agents showered Cannon with more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a trip to Las Vegas, and use of a luxury SouthPark apartment in exchange for “the use of his official position,” Tompkins said.

    "I've been set up!" in 3, 2, 1... icon_rolleyes.gif

    Aside: Congrats to Nick Cannon for winning "Second Stupidest Cannon in the news this month."
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    Mar 26, 2014 10:06 PM GMT
    This poor restaurant has gotta be like, "C'mon FBI, you're gonna kill our business!"

    Charlotte ObserverOn a Dec. 12, 2012, Cannon met an undercover agent at Capitol Grille, an upscale steakhouse on North Tryon Street – and the same restaurant where Black was accused of accepting bribes from a group of chiropractors years earlier.

    This here is rich. Not the Mayor of course, his line of thinking...

    Charlotte ObserverIn a later conversation with the undercover agent, Cannon tried to characterize his acceptance of the money as a business investment unrelated to his public office, the affidavit says.

    In laying out his philosophy as a public official, Cannon told the agent that he would have helped him even without the $12,500. “I’m not one of those Chicago- or Detroit-type folk. … That’s not how I flow.”

    Yeah Cannon, you're not like those guys. It only took the FBI four years to bust you.

    "Charlotte-style politics" just doesn't have the same ring, though.
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    Mar 27, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
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    APCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who has been in office less than six months, resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.

    Cannon submitted his resignation letter to city manager Ron Carlee and city attorney Bob Hagemann, Charlotte spokesman Keith Richardson said in an email. The 47-year-old Cannon is charged with bribery and public corruption. The Democrat took cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes and solicited more than $1 million more, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Cannon said in his resignation letter that the pending charges "will create too much of a distraction" for the business of the city to go forward. He said it was effective immediately.

    "I regret that I have to take this action, but I believe that it is in the best interest of the City for me to do so," he said.

    Oh, NOW he's thinking in the best interests of the City! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 27, 2014 4:09 PM GMT

    What's this, a Rob Ford competition? icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 27, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
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    What's this, a Rob Ford competition? icon_lol.gif

    Cannon needed to learn a thing or two from King RoFo! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 27, 2014 6:23 PM GMT

    Joe.My.God.During last year's mayoral campaign, one of Cannon's Democratic opponents gained local headlines when he called Cannon, "that black gay guy." Cannon responded with a statement that denounced his opponent for "using inflammatory language to attack a family man" such as himself.

    In a later campaign interview with local LGBT outlet Q Notes, reporter Matt Comer asked Cannon if he supported marriage equality. Cannon responded, "I would say my belief has always been to each his or her own, relative to what they want to practice. However, my personal belief is that I don’t subscribe to it. I am not here to be anybody’s judge relative to what they feel they want to explore and/or engage in, but it’s something that personally I don’t subscribe to." Cannon then declared that he had voted against North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage as part of his "to each his own" belief.

    Now, taking bribes (allegedly)? There's something to "subscribe to!" icon_razz.gif

    qnotes (Charlotte LGBT periodical, March 14)Last fall, qnotes decided against endorsing either of our city’s candidates for mayor. Though both Republican Edwin Peacock and Democrat Patrick Cannon seemed fully committed to equality in matters like employment, neither were willing to come out in favor of full legal equality for LGBT people, particularly as it relates to marriage.

    Cannon, in particular, seemed all-too-comfortable with right-wing buzz words often used to describe gay people — using phrases like “practicing,” “exploring” or “engaging in” a “lifestyle” when describing LGBT people and their lives.

    Cannon eventually won the mayoral race, and signs of his comfort with anti-LGBT sentiments were evident right from the start of his mayoral tenure. At Cannon’s swearing-in ceremony, Pastor Steven Furtick of the anti-gay, Southern Baptist Elevation Church delivered the closing prayer, doing so at Cannon’s invitation.

    If convicted, I guess he'll have a lot of free time to "evolve."