A convicted felon could be running the city of Hartford. Don’t laugh… Eyewitness News has been told by a source close to the city council that if Mayor Eddie Perez is found guilty, he could remain in power. As incredible as it may sound, we are told the city charter lacks a provision to remove a mayor who has been convicted of breaking the law.
One would think if the verdict is guilty, the mayor would offer to resign immediately, but we are told that is unlikely. It is expected Perez’ lawyers would file an appeal, and the mayor would vow to stay in office.
The city council would then take action to impeach the mayor, but that effort could be fraught with peril, and believe it or not, the mayor has supporters on the council who may want to see him remain in office….guilty verdict be damned. The process could take months.
If the verdict is guilty we can undoubtedly expect swift calls for the mayor to resign from the following people: Governor Rell, Senators Dodd and Lieberman, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, City councilors Pedro Segarra, Matt Ritter, CEOs, civic leaders and more. Even HPD chief Daryl K. Roberts would have to take a stand. How could his department enforce law and order, when the highest ranking person in city government was just convicted of a felony?
Stay tuned…this is going to be an interesting week.