#wherescharles: Detroiters are playing “Where’s Waldo” with Charles Pugh. He seems to have vanished from the Motor City after being threatened with a law suit for an “inappropriate relationship” with a male teen. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr signed off on stripping him of his salary and his powers as Detroit City Council president on Thursday. You would think with his salary and elected office gone, he would make a statement. His city-owned car was returned to its official parking space on Thursday, but driven by someone else.
To some, Pugh’s absence is a mystery; to others, a response to new controversies. And he’s not doing any of his customary explaining. Always a mercurial and contradictory figure, Pugh can be charming, verbally dazzling, a high-achieving success story. But he’s also the public figure who took off on a Crain’s intern last summer for posting my News column tweaking his weight-loss obsession.
For days, “Where’s Charles?” had become a running joke, memorialized as a hashtag on Twitter, and as a query raised in headlines and on Facebook. Even the loss of his pay and perks failed to raise him.
Now he’s taken down his Facebook and Twitter sites, and even his official website, Pughandyou.com, has a strangely mothballed-feel: The newest post dates back to March. Source: Detroit News
There are reports that he was heard on tape saying he would kill himself if the teen’s mother went to the authorities about this ‘inappropriate relationship’ with her son. Well, if Charles Pugh wanted to kill himself, he didn’t have to leave his home to do it.
Here are some tweets about Charles Pugh:
— CBS Detroit (@CBSDetroit) June 28, 2013
— Matt Helms (@MattHelms) June 27, 2013
— Dustin Block (@dustinblock) June 27, 2013