The past couple of years have found Americans deeply entrenched in the details of what they consider to be a “good politician.” While that might seem like a massive contradiction in terms, the general purpose of elected officials is to speak and do in the name of their constituents. By those terms, many are still able to tell whether their votes brought advancement or decline.
Such was the case for Rochester New York mayor Lovely Warren (no that name isn’t made up, that’s really what she’s known as). According to her biographical information, Warren is the first woman to serve as mayor of Rochester, as well as the second African-American, but she’s not giving the name a very good title.
According to The Daily Wire, the mayor has had one too many scandals to secure another term and got a severe beating at the polls just last week. What could cause this perfect picture of the group we’re supposed to be supporting to lose her job? As it turns out, Warren not only had the standard political problems, but she also lost the entire Rochester Police Department (RPD) command staff, including then-Police Chief La’Ron Singletary in September of last year over her handling of the Daniel Prude case.
That case of police brutality was one that caused a huge scandal, and the good (or maybe bad) mayor didn’t make it out unscathed. Warren, who was elected in 2013, more or less handed the race to fellow Democrat Malik Evans in the primaries, with the city councilman taking 66 percent of the vote.
Singletary was no insignificant part of that equation, making his thoughts and opinions about the scandal known:
“As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,” Singletary said at the time, a veiled shot at Warren. “The events over the past week are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity. The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for. The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.”
However, not to be outdone in the scandal department, after Singletary announced he was resigning, Warren went on to fire him, after which the former Rochester police chief decided to take aim at Warren’s administration,
Singletary filed a notice of claim to the city alleging defamation of character, hostile work environment, and wrongful and retaliatory termination. He went so far as to accuse Warren by name of ordering him to lie over the Prude case.
“I repeatedly refused to lie for Mayor Warren,” Singletary said in the filing. “Pressure to support Mayor Warren’s narrative also came from other city officials.”
That scandal isn’t even accounting for two felony indictments for Warren on the issue of campaign finances, the significance of which threatened to remove her from office if she was convicted,” The New York Times reported. But the hits just keep on coming for the outspoken Democrat progressive.
Like any good (dirty) politician, there are of course family troubles, and for Warren, that means her husband, Timothy Granison, who was arrested and hit with two drug charges and one gun charge.
What’s the moral of this story, you might ask? Well, kids, sometimes, no matter what the “cool” kids say, the cops are right and the people who fight and rage against the machine are probably hiding something they don’t want you to know about. If it’s an elected official, it’s probably whatever they’re accusing other people of. So take note, and don’t get drug into something just because people tell you that you’ll get away with it. The tangled web only ever gets tighter, not looser.