North Carolina lawmaker tapped to replace mayor charged with bribery

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina Tue Apr 8, 2014 10:57am EDT

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - A North Carolina legislator has been appointed to serve as mayor of the state's largest city of Charlotte two weeks after the previous mayor resigned following his arrest on corruption charges that included accepting bribes.

State Senator Dan Clodfelter will be sworn in on Wednesday. Charlotte hosted the 2012 Democratic Party National Convention.

The city council chose Clodfelter, 63, on Monday night to complete the two-year term of former mayor Patrick Cannon, charged by U.S. prosecutors in March of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wanting to do business in the city.

Cannon, a Democrat who was elected as mayor in November and previously served on the city council, also accepted a trip to Las Vegas and use of a luxury apartment in Charlotte, prosecutors said. He waived a preliminary hearing and remains free on bond.

Clodfelter, also a Democrat, will finish the term that ends in December 2015 and becomes the city's fourth mayor in a year.

Another former mayor, Anthony Foxx, resigned last year after being tapped by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Transportation Department. The city council then selected one of its members to finish Foxx's term before Cannon's election.

The city said Clodfelter would resign from his seat in the state Senate, where he has served since 1999. A Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from Yale University, he sat on the Charlotte City Council from 1987 to 1993 and still practices law at a private firm in the city.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Scott Malone and Grant McCool)

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Comments (3)
euro-yank wrote:
Four mayors in one year? !? Is this an indication of the values of city of Charlotte, or is there more to the story than published here?

Apr 08, 2014 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dichotomous wrote:
@euro-yank
Charlotte lost one mayor to governorship and one to Obama, this has nothing to do with the city’s values. Guess you were just commenting so you could be the first since there is nothing in the story linked to values. Had the current out-going mayor not resigned AND had the people of Charlotte supported his continuing, then there would be reason to question values. What’s really a question of values is why they keep electing crooks and liars to the office – oh, wait, that’s what being a politician means.

Apr 08, 2014 12:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:
euro, Mayor Foxx was tapped by obama as transportation secretary who was follwed by an appointed mayor to finish his term. Cannon was elected in Nov and resigned in disgrace just recently after getting busted in a sting operation. There is now a newly appointed mayor for the rest of this term.

That being said, this is one backwards, over populated hick town full of incompetence and corruption from the local government to the police dept and school board. It might be the largest metro area, but it is NO city. They couldn’t run a lemonade stand in this area. Yeah, I’m a transplant.

Apr 08, 2014 12:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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