Charlotte, NC, has new mayor after bribery scandal

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Posted: Apr 07, 2014 6:45 PM
Charlotte, NC, has new mayor after bribery scandal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte, North Carolina's city council has chosen a state senator as its new mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last month in a public corruption scandal.

Members on Monday picked Dan Clodfelter to finish the two-year term Cannon only started in December.

Cannon resigned less than two weeks ago after being arrested on federal corruption charges. Federal prosecutors say Cannon accepted more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to work with North Carolina's largest city.

Council members have been deadlocked for more than a week on who should be the city's next mayor. Clodfelter is a business lawyer who was on the city council before being elected to the General Assembly in 1998. He is a Democrat like Cannon.