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Brandon Scott

Healthy Holly book deal poses new political challenge for Baltimore's Mayor Pugh

Healthy Holly book deal poses new political challenge for Baltimore's Mayor Pugh

Running for election three years ago, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh promised in a campaign ad to be “transparent and accountable.” In another she pledged “honest leadership.”

The message was aimed at setting her apart from her chief rival, former mayor Sheila Dixon, who had been forced from office in a corruption scandal.

Now, in the early stages of her re-election bid, Pugh has come under fire for revelations that while she sat on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System, the organization paid her $500,000 for children’s books she authored.

Pugh, a state senator when she got much of the money,

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