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Monday, July 18, 2005

Mayoral Gong Show

San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy was elected last November and, without any legal pressure or scandal-laden reason, he said resigned in March. While he royally fucked the city by under funding (along with the city council) the city's pension plan and played some cute games with how the November ballots were counted, his reason for retiring can be summed up as being tired of being called the 'worst mayor in the country', as numerous news outlets dubbed him. He resigned Friday, and City Councilman Michael Zucchet took over as acting mayor until the special election later this month. Zucchet lasted approximately 5 hours in office, until he was FOUND GUILTY OF ACCEPTING BRIBES FROM A STRIP CLUB. Let me repeat that. HE WAS MAYOR FOR FIVE HOURS AND THEN FOUND GUILTY OF ACCEPTING BRIBES FROM A STRIP CLUB. Along with Councilman Ralph Inzunza who was convicted of 12 felony counts, Zucchet was convicted of 9 felony counts and will resign. The new mayor is still unknown, and the process for choosing one seems to be rather complicated as no one planned for a mayor resigning because he is a screw-up, then another guy being found guilty of taking bribes from a strip club owner all in the span of one business day. If this nonsense fails to give credence to my last post, I'm not sure what will.

SD UT Article

AP's assessment