Indicted Charlotte mayor used access to White House in making plans for pay-offs

posted at 9:31 pm on April 1, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was indicted on federal corruption charges last week and immediately resigned his position. Cannon had replaced former Mayor Anthony Foxx, who was tapped in 2013 by the Obama administration to lead the Department of Transportation. News of Cannon’s indictment got only passing mention in national news, along with a handful of other corruption charges for Democrats.

The AP did a round-up of “big-city” mayors caught up in corruption cases, which may be the single greatest example of Name That Party ever executed.

Even an explosive allegation that former California Sen. Leland Yee (and former leading contender for Secretary of State) had gone from Brady Campaign honoree to dealing rocket launchers to terrorists hasn’t exactly catch fire in the media. Glenn Reynolds has a theory:

The New York Times buried the story as a one-paragraph Associated Press report on page A21, with the bland dog-bites-man headline, “California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.” This even though Yee was suspended, along with two others, from the California state senate in light of the indictment.

CNN, home (also until last week) of Piers Morgan, whom Yee had praised for his anti-gun activism, didn’t report the story at all. When prodded by viewers, the network snarked that it doesn’t do state senators. Which is odd, because searching the name of my own state senator, Stacey Campfield, turns up a page of results, involving criticisms of him for saying something “extreme”. Meanwhile, CNN found time to bash Wisconsin state senator and supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, Randy Hopper over marital problems.

But there’s a difference. They’re Republicans. When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they’re mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn’t interested.

Here’s another tidbit I’d imagine would get more play if the mayor and White House referenced were Republican. In Charlotte, Mayor Patrick Cannon was using meetings with Obama at the White House to emphasize just how much he could pay off the plant the FBI had him talking to. I know this because I read local accounts:

Cannon allegedly boasted to the undercover agents about an upcoming trip to Washington during a meeting in the mayor’s office. He said he would use his clout to push for Charlotte streetcar funding.

“So, you know, Friday I’m meeting with the President,” he said. “The President will be asking what my priorities are. I’m gonna say the Gold Lynx Line’s a priority and I want to see that through.”

“Damn,” the agent responded. “I’m just proud, and, uh, grateful to uh, have you as a friend.”

A White House spokesman declined to comment Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation. But a White House official said they were unaware of the FBI investigation at the time of Cannon’s visit to the White House in December 2013.

No comment. Movin’ on. Nor has Foxx been questioned about his relationship with Cannon, who took over his seat, and with whom he served in city government for years. Curious, that.

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Obaka to publicly denounce these recent criminal acts and abuse of the public trust in 5 .. 6 .. 7 ..

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

That wouldn’t be the Nothing To See Here party, would it?

John the Libertarian on April 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Does he have a “D” after his name?

Then it is OK….

Next……….

Electrongod on April 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

And he blaaaack! Just like Kevin Johnson. You all rayciss!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Democrats being Democrats.

Punchenko on April 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Are there any investigative journalists out there?

Well, I’ll be. The 2012 defecrat national convention was held in … wait for it … Charlotte, NC.

It might be kind of interesting what somebody in the press might turn up if they took a gander at the payoffs for that.

Ruckus_Tom on April 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Indicted Charlotte mayor used access to White House in making plans for pay-offs

…must have been the leading story at all the major news networks!…oh wait!…there is no Republican in the White House!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I am sure the DOJ has a couple of people with R’s after their name that they are looking at and will probably have a big splashy headline about the middle of Sept. By doing it this way they can say in the fall it is all “old news” about the dems and move on but the R’s will be all about the culture of corruption. Sleazy hacks, one and all.

deimos on April 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Of course he dropped Obama’s name. The Obama Administration is corrupt. Obama wouldn’t care that Cannon used his name.

oldennis on April 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Well these payoffs seem illegal but ObamaCare seems illegal too. I wonder what chuckle head Roberts has to say about this?

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canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

“So, you know, Friday I’m meeting with the President,” he said. “The President will be asking what my priorities are. I’m gonna say the Gold Lynx Line’s a priority and I want to see that through.”

Is it SOP that when POTUS meets a MAYOR ,
he wants to be in the loop with the local bribery circuit ?

burrata on April 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

He ain’t heavy, he’s Obama’s brother.

VorDaj on April 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

hasn’t exactly catch fire in the media.

Sorry MK, this should be caught fire.

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canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

How much access did he have to Valerie Jarrett, if you know what I mean.

SouthernGent on April 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

hasn’t exactly catch fire in the media.

Sorry MK, this should be caught fire.

massrighty on April 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

But in MK’s defense, the media (MSM) should catch fire, so it may have just been one of those Freudian slip thingies.

VorDaj on April 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Charlotte, color me surprised, elects one idiot after another.

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

What did obama know? When did he know it?

hawkdriver on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Charlotte, color me surprised, elects one idiot after another.

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Almost makes me worry about our Governor.

nobar on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

deimos on April 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Primary season and about six weeks before Election Day should be most interesting indeed, Deimos.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

What did obama know? When did he know it?

hawkdriver on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Not much and probably never.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

That’s OK. He’s black.

Galtian on April 1, 2014 at 10:07 PM

If 0bama had a son he’d grow up to look like/act like Patrick Cannon…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:08 PM

What did obama know? When did he know it?

hawkdriver on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Obama saw nothing, he heard nothing, he knows nothing. He was not there. He did not even get up any of the mornings any of those phoney scandals allegedly happened.

VorDaj on April 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

If 0bama had a son he’d grow up to look like/act like Patrick Cannon…

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:08 PM

And if obama had a beard, ah, well, you know the rest ;)

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

What did obama know? When did he know it?

hawkdriver on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

He only knows what he reads in the newspapers (and he only has time for that when he’s doing his most important business of the day) or on the teleprompter — and that’s always the first he’s heard about anything …

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

He did not even get up any of the mornings any of those phoney scandals allegedly happened.

VorDaj on April 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

You prolly ain’t too far off, there. I doubt seriously that he gets up before the crack of noon.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Indicted Charlotte mayor used access to White House in making plans for pay-offs

What exactly is your point? /s

Drained Brain on April 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

So what else is new. Birds of a feather and all that. This Washington cesspool need to be cleaned out.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

A White House spokesman declined to comment Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Odd, that’s never stopped them before. Oh, that’s right! It was when REPUBLICANS were involved.

GarandFan on April 1, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Far as I can tell the DNC never paid off it’s debt for the 2012 Convention in Charlotte. I would like to know if Patrick Cannon had a hand in that mess.

mad saint jack on April 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Can’t a brotha help out another brotha

jaywemm on April 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

What did obama know? When did he know it?

hawkdriver on April 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

They never ask this. More like, “What did Obama putt, and when did he putt it?”

LashRambo on April 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

No surprise there. Since Obama IS the crime lord of the DNC and Godfather of The Regime. Homage must be paid to the boss.

This nation is doomed.

Meople on April 2, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Enjoy the US of Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:59 AM

!00 days in office and he caught red handed with his hand in the cookie jar. I’ve been following this from done in South Carolina. Yes he is a Democrat, but when it comes to money, I don’t trust either side of the aisle. No one goes out of Congress a poor man or woman. The laws they pass don’t apply to themselves.

SC.Charlie on April 2, 2014 at 5:25 AM

HANG EM

TX-96 on April 2, 2014 at 6:23 AM

In your amusement at the hilarious corruption of the CBC and the equally hilarious refusal of the DNC/Liberal Media Propaganda Ministry to cover any aspect of this corruption, never forget that state political corruption of a CBC flavor — Democrat, black — is measurably worse than the clown factory that is the CBC.

Illinois is in the most elite category of the worst, due to our white liberal guilt enabling a level of corruption that would embarrass the Turks.

Jaibones on April 2, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Funny…another scandal connected to the White House….go figure.

easyt65 on April 2, 2014 at 8:02 AM

When the shooting starts – the first targets should be the major east coast media centers. They are all traitors. They deserve the reward all traitors deserve.

Free press? Ha!

I think if I ever have a child go to J-school I will disinherit them.

Zomcon JEM on April 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Anotha Shocka.

TimBuk3 on April 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z…chirp…chirp…chirp. Oh, look! A known Republican jaywalking!!!

vnvet on April 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

A Dem crook but then I repeat myself.

neyney on April 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they’re mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn’t interested.

There are only 40 state senators, but 53 U.S. House districts, in California. A California state senator actually represents more people than a U.S. Representative.

Cannon allegedly boasted to the undercover agents about an upcoming trip to Washington during a meeting in the mayor’s office. He said he would use his clout to push for Charlotte streetcar funding.

A Desire Named Streetcar.

“So, you know, Friday I’m meeting with the President,” he said. “The President will be asking what my priorities are. I’m gonna say the Gold Lynx Line’s a priority and I want to see that through.”

“Damn,” the agent responded. “I’m just proud, and, uh, grateful to uh, have you as a friend.”

In other news, the FBI agent was summoned to the White House, which chartered a plane to transport him there. The plane mysteriously disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.

Steve Z on April 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM