Mayoral candidate says culture of corruption exists in Atlanta City Hall

by: Scott Flynn
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ATLANTA – One of the leading candidates for Atlanta mayor says the guilty plea by the city’s former procurement boss is evidence of a culture of corruption in City Hall.

Another candidate told Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher you can’t put too much trust in anyone.

Adam Smith pleaded guilty to accepting more than $30,000 in payoffs over two years.

But he handled billions of dollars in city purchases for 13 years.

The 53-year-old Smith did his best to avoid Channel 2’s cameras at the federal courthouse Tuesday, racing to a car just a few feet from the back door, then speeding off without comment.

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But what happened inside that courtroom reverberated across town to City Hall and right into the mayoral election, which is just 48 days away.

Keisha Lance Bottoms said Smith had a stellar reputation in and out of City Hall. But in the end, he cheated the system.

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