Why do the Democrats ALWAYS seem to have their hands out?
And their hands IN other pockets?
Yet another story has just surfaced down in Texas where the Mayor and Pro-Tem have resigned over accusations they misused funds.
Are you surprised?
Oh, and it involves the Obamas too.
That’s just a little extra for good measure! 😂
From The Blaze, here are more details on the story:
Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes of Forest Hill, Texas, resigned Wednesday shortly before a public hearing to determine whether or not they had misused city funds for tickets to attend former first lady Michelle Obama's book tour in Dallas.
What's the story?
Thomas and Hayes stand accused of being improperly reimbursed for $545 worth of tickets for Michelle Obama's book tour. Although they resigned before their hearing, both officials claimed they were innocent.
"I will not leave my fate in the hands of other individuals," Hayes told WFAA-TV. "I am a woman of integrity, and the allegations, they have no substance. They are false."
Thomas said the allegations were politically motivated.
"They are doing the wrong thing," she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I am a mover and a shaker. I get things done, and they don't like that."
Hayes said the reimbursement had been approved by the city manager, but the money was returned as soon as people began to raise objections.
"We don't get a salary, but we are entitled to be reimbursed for our expenses," Thomas told WFAA. "We are not trying to hide anything."
The hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. During a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Thomas had asked for a three-month extension to prepare her defense, arguing that she had only been informed of these accusations of misconduct on Jan. 8. Her request was denied and the City Council voted 4-3 to proceed with the hearing.
In her resignation letter dated Jan. 16, Thomas explained, "If I allow the City Council to vote me out I will not be able to run for 3 years or in the current election; therefore to protect myself, I resign under duress."
Newsweek confirmed the story:
Two politicians in Texas who expensed tickets for Michelle Obama’s book tour to public funds for the city they represented have quit amid a political backlash.
Forest Hill City Council Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes paid back the money to the city’s public relations fund—$545 a ticket for the Obama book event in Dallas—after criticism, WFAA reported.
But they rejected the allegation they had misused public funds for the expenses request, which was approved by the city manager, after questions were raised by an audit committee.
"[The fund] doesn't specify what we can do and where we can go," Hayes told reporters after a meeting at the city council, during which the pair resigned over the issue. "But it's set aside for us to go and learn and get involved."
Three council members accused Thomas of claiming other dubious expenses, such as school supplies and meals at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and Texas Roadhouse, that were unrelated to their council duties, the Star-Telegram reported.
Thomas had requested three months to prepare a defense against the allegations.
“I am asking the council to pull the charges against myself and the mayor pro tem because we did not do anything illegally,” she pleaded with the council, the Star-Telegram reported. “If you don’t pull the charges, I ask that you give us a chance to prepare.”
But the city council voted to go ahead with the hearings on Wednesday, during which she could have been removed from office or suspended, a decision that led to the resignations.
Hayes said she would not "leave my fate in the hands of other individuals" and so quit before the public hearing. "I am a woman of integrity, and the allegations, they have no substance. They are false," she said, WFAA reported.
Hayes and Thomas were elected in May 2017. Hayes became mayor pro tem in June the following year. Hayes and Thomas did not respond immediately to Newsweek ’s request for comment.
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