Maryland Mayor Evicted from City Hall, Moves into Tent on Front Lawn

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Photo via @MayorGrant
Photo via @MayorGrant

Yeah, politics in Congress are contentious. But they’ve got nothing on Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a small city (pop. 4,500) in Prince George’s County, where the city council has evicted the mayor from City Hall… and so he decided to erect a tent in front of the building and govern from there instead.

As this excellent Washington Post story describes, Mayor Eugene Grant was kicked out of City Hall after complaints that he regularly lost his temper and yelled at city employees. In his ten years as mayor, thirteen complaints against him have been logged.

As you might expect from a guy who’s been dogged by accusations of workplace bullying, Grant isn’t taking the ouster lying down. Not only has he erected his “mobile mayor” tent on City Hall’s front lawn, he’s also been firing back against the council members who evicted him, saying that some people don’t like that he asks tough questions. (The Post points out that some of the acrimony is likely due to the city’s depressed economic state, which adds to the pressure on everyone.) Follow the #mobilemayor on Twitter to see how the story unfolds…

 



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