In its new “Meet the Mayors” project, the SAF is releasing ads, set to appear in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet that reveal the criminal history of several (more than a dozen) of MAIG’s members.
On one pamphlet (which you can download here), the SAF asks the question, “So who are the real criminals? And then proceeds with a follow-up that reads, “America’s 80 million law-abiding gun owners or Mayor Bloomberg’s gang of gun-grabbing politicians?”
SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb spoke about the impetus behind the ‘Meet the Mayors’ project in a press release.
“Michael Bloomberg created this group to further his personal agenda of public disarmament,” Gottlieb said. “But within the ranks of his organization, our research has found several politicians who have been convicted of various serious crimes, thus making it impossible for them to finish their terms.
“We discovered, one mayor convicted of perjury and embezzlement, another who was convicted of attempted child molestation, and yet another who was convicted of assault and racketeering,” Gottlieb continued. “There was one who was convicted on bribery, fraud and money laundering, and another who was convicted of domestic violence.”
“In short,” Gottlieb explained, “many of these elitist politicians can no longer own firearms. The crimes they were convicted of suggest they are public enemies rather than public servants. No wonder they want to take guns from law-abiding citizens!”
“Perhaps Bloomberg should worry about background checks on his colleagues, rather than law-abiding gun owners,” he recommended.
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Monticello, N.Y. Mayor pleads guilty
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The Sullivan County Democrat, Callicoon, N.Y., Apr. 19, 2011
Mayor Gordon Jenkins plead guilty to five counts of trademark counterfeiting after he and his wife were caught selling knockoff Nikes to undercover police at the store the couple own. A search of their home also turned up marijuana.
Mayor of Tamarac, Fla. turns herself in
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Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez sentenced to three years in prison
The Hartford Courant, Sept. 15, 2010
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Embattled Racine mayor resigns
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 3, 2010
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White Plains, NY: After arrest, mayor denies injuring wife
LoHud.com, March 1, 2010
Mayor Adam Bradley was arrested for third degree misdemeanor assault. Wife Fumiko Bradley acquired a temporary protective order against him. The mayor was sentenced to three years probation.
Inglewood mayor resigns before pleading guilty to misdemeanor conflict of interest charge
The L.A. Times, Jan. 25, 2010
Mayor of Inglewood resigns ahead of pleading guilty to conflict of interest charges. He also faced charges of embezzlement.
Baltimore Mayor resigns after pleading guilty to stealing from the poor
The Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 6, 2010
Mayor of Baltimore, Md. Sheila Dixon and member of Mayors against Illegal Guns was indicted on theft and perjury charges. Dixon was ultimately convicted of taking from a program intended to help disadvantaged children. Dixon had to resign as part of her plea deal.
Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts
The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 28, 2009
Larry Langford, Birmingham's mayor and a former Jefferson County commissioner, has been found guilty in his federal bribery trial.
Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick sentenced to four months
CNN, Oct. 28, 2008
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in prison after pleading to two felony charges of obstruction of justice. In addition, the mayor pled to a charge of assaulting a police officer.
New Jersey Mayor and wife sentenced for extortion
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Mayor with a past has a future in prison
The New York Times, Aug. 22, 2008
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The Austin Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2008
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The Mayor of Jersey City is convicted over a scuffle
The New York Times, Jun. 6, 2007
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