Detroit . . . What Else is New?
(Boss Tweed is the fat one in an expensive suit, though Tammany Hall started years before he was born and actually had it's start as a civic organization!)
Detroit's City Council is embroiled in a scandal, which is almost its natural state of existence. Monica Conyers, the wife of Congressman John Conyers is in serious trouble for taking a bribe. The man who bribed her has already pleaded guilty and has named names.
A couple of things strike me though. First off, and most importantly, is her connection to her husband who is a congressman. It may not directly affect John Conyers but it certainly taints him. I would not be surprised to find him messed up in it somehow.
Secondly is the amount of the bribe. A billion dollar sludge contract affected by a $6000 bribe. She is considering a plea bargain. The trouble is that this is probably only the tip of the iceberg. What don't we know about?
Mayor Bing appears to be a good man, but when a criminal syndicate controls the city council it will take more than an honest mayor to clean it up.