by: Scott Flynn
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.
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.