Adding to the list of Democrats facing criminal charges, Maryland state prosecutors charged Mayor Sheila A. Dixon today with 12-counts of, among other things: perjury, theft, misappropriation and misconduct.
In a news story reminiscent of the former HBO show the “The Wire,” Mayor Sheila Dixon, the current Democratic mayor of Baltimore, is the first sitting mayor in Baltimore’s history to face criminal charges. The charges are mostly related to gifts she received from former boyfriend and developer Ronald H. Lipscomb. Lipscomb is currently facing criminal charges for bribery.
State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh announced the charges today. He alleges that Dixon used her office to award millions of dollars of city contracts to Lipscomb and various other people close to Dixon, including her sister.
Dixon denied all of the charges in a public statement and stated that she will not resign.
We previously posted Sheila Dixon’s fully biography in this article. She’s obviously fallen quite dramatically since that time.
According to the indictment, Dixon used gift cards provided to her by various developers for personal use, even though Dixon stated that they would be distributed to charities. Allegedly, those developers were later awarded contracts by the city. She allegedly used those gift cards to buy, among other items, an Xbox 360 and clothes.
Dixon also allegedly received gifts from Lipscomb, including a $2,000 gift certificate for fur clothes. Lispcomb later was awarded millions of dollars in development contracts by the city.
Dixon became the first female African American mayor of Baltimore in 2007. Whether a man or woman is at the top, local Democratic party politics does not seem to change. The allegations do not surprise me. What surprises me is the sheer brazen chutzpah of Ms. Dixon. Risking everything over an X-box and some vanity? Move over, Blago, and share some of that spotlight with Ms. Dixon!