This file has been updated.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) resigned Thursday amid allegations of self-dealing and an investigation into her lucrative sales of a self-published children’s book series to entities that do business with the city and the state.
Her decision to step down came weeks after city and state leaders began calling on her to do so. She is the second Baltimore mayor to leave office amid scandal in the past decade.
Here is how other public officials reacted to her decision:
“This was the right decision, as it was clear the mayor could no longer lead effectively. The federal and state investigations must and will continue to uncover the facts.
“Baltimore City can now begin to move forward. The state pledges its full support to incoming Mayor Jack Young and to city leaders during this time of transition.”
U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes, all Democrats, released the following joint statement following the resignation of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh:
“As Baltimore’s federal delegation, we are focused on supporting Baltimore City and its federal priorities. We recently met with Jack Young at the U.S. Capitol and directly expressed our desire to work as a coordinated ‘Team Maryland’ to ensure the people of our great city are best served and respected by their elected leaders. We stand with Mayor Young today and will look to the future hand-in-hand. Baltimore City has many challenges remaining, but together we will strengthen our community, bring safety and security to our neighborhoods, and expand education and economic opportunities for those most in need.”
At a news conference, Cummings added:
“As painful and as frustrating as this day been, there is an easing of tension. I appreciate the mayor’s decision, and I know it had to be painful for her. But it’s the right decision.
“We all pray the mayor can channel her energy toward healing, as we channel our energy toward healing our city.”
“Today is a sad day for Baltimore. I wish Mayor Young best wishes in his leadership of the City, and hope Baltimore can continue to move forward. ”
“I was informed today at 3:35 p.m. by City Solicitor Andre Davis of Catherine Pugh’s resignation as Mayor of Baltimore . . . In accordance with the city’s Charter, I will serve as Baltimore’s 51st Mayor.
“For the past month, I have traveled the city and worked hard to keep government’s focus on providing essential services to our citizens. I have spent time in classrooms working with some of the brightest minds our public school system has to offer. I have unveiled a number of development projects that stand as symbols to the commitment that many people have to our city. I have convened several meetings of the Mayor’s cabinet, where I have stressed the importance of teamwork in delivering for the citizens that we’re privileged to serve.
“I pledge that my focus will not change. I have listened to the concerns of our citizens and I will continue to work diligently to address those concerns.
“Although I understand that this ordeal has caused real pain for many Baltimoreans, I promise that we will emerge from it more committed than ever to building a stronger Baltimore. Charm City is wonderful and is full of resilient people who are working hard every day to move our City forward. You all deserve recognition, and I will spend my time as mayor working alongside you.
“I’d like to also give special recognition and thanks to the thousands of public servants who’ve come to work each day under challenging and uncertain circumstances and put forth their best collective effort.
“To the people of Baltimore, thank you for your faith in me and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and continuing to work on your behalf.”
“I just want people to pray for her, hope that she comes through this as a whole person because she is a human being. We’re all flawed. Clearly today she has done the right thing. Some people think this is a long time coming . . . but sometimes we have difficulty facing what is in front of us in our lives. . . .
“She succeeded today in doing what she needed to do for the benefit of the city and its people.”
“Mayor Catherine Pugh made a decision I believe to be in the best interests of the citizens of Baltimore. She has served the city and we are better because of that service.
“Whether it is her fight for education dollars, housing, and economic development in long-neglected neighborhoods and her focus on violence reduction in our communities, now the work must continue.
“I am humbled by the positive interactions I have had as I have traveled around the city. Although this is a difficult time, Baltimore will move forward.
“I, along with Mayor Bernard ‘Jack’ Young and my colleagues on the city council, are committed to providing stability and re-establishing trust in government.
“As we begin this journey, we must remember we are One Baltimore and our future depends on each of us doing our part.
“I wish Mayor Pugh well.”
“It’s going to be up to us to restore our reputation. I’m proud of my city and I know that my city can be great. So many thousands and thousands of people who are here believe that. That’s what we’ve got to showcase.”
“This whole tragedy has upset the city. I feel very bad for the city and for Ms. Pugh. She has contributed a lot in her time as mayor. We are all benefiting from that. But she has made the right decision.
“. . . It seems like one huge tragic problem after another here. But we’re a very resilient people. We’ve been through a lot. We know that together we can pull ourselves forward and get through this, and succeed. . . .
“We have a lot to celebrate. But today is a day to be sad.”
“These past seven weeks have been extremely trying for Baltimore City. Mayor Pugh’s health and legal problems have added unnecessary complications to the work of local government. Those complications have been a distraction and that distraction has had a negative impact on the citizens we serve. Today, I’m glad that Mayor Pugh has made the decision to do what’s best for the people she took an oath to serve.
“Among our many strengths, Baltimore City is resilient. As we all move forward under Mayor Young’s leadership, I pray that we come together as neighbors and strive to put Baltimore City on a better path, working towards a brighter future.”