Best E For Effort: Mayor Catherine Pugh

Mayor Catherine Pugh hasn’t been in office a whole year yet, and we haven’t exactly gone easy on her. But it’s with good reason: Between yelling at the media (The Sun, for correctly quoting her wrong-headed views on drug treatment), throwing her support behind mandatory minimum sentencing legislation for illegal gun possession, and abandoning her commitment to raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, Mayor Pugh has looked less like the progressive-minded politician Baltimore needs and more like, well, the ineffectual, PR-driven mayors we’ve had before, such as $RB and O’Malley. So sure, she’s not the first or only mayor to do a less-than-stellar job at guiding a city with a myriad of problems in desperate need of a solutions, but we’re running out of time, it seems, and the stakes have never been higher. Policing in this city is getting worse, not better, and the line that divides the haves and have-nots is only becoming more sharply defined. We need smart, revolutionary solutions to Baltimore’s deep-seated problems, and we have not seen that from Pugh yet.

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