Charlotte mayor's arrest taints city's image

MITCH WEISS TOM FOREMAN JR. Associated Press Published:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Patrick Cannon's rise to mayor began with his election to City Council in 1993, at a time when Charlotte was emerging as a major banking center.

Cannon was a reflection of the up-and-coming city -- a young businessman and politician with a made-for-TV backstory. He'd been raised in a housing project by a single mom and mentored by some of Charlotte's most powerful political and business figures, before building a successful parking business.

After he was elected mayor in November, the Democrat promised to tackle tough issues facing Charlotte.

But Cannon's career came to a stunning halt Wednesday when he was arrested and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to work with North Carolina's largest city. He resigned hours later.