As of right now (Wednesday, Nov. 21), nobody (save some Baltimore County cops and, apparently, Mayor Sheila Dixon) knows just exactly what “inappropriate behavior” Dixon spokesman Anthony McCarthy has been accused of. But the signals are all bad. As of today, McCarthy’s face has been wiped from Dixon’s on-line cabinet.
This seems significant. Although Otis Rolley, the former chief of staff who left on apparently good terms, is off the site, Fire Chief William Goodwin and Parks and Recreation Director Connie A. Brown are still there, even though Goodwin tendered his resignation two weeks ago and Brown was ousted, rather abruptly, last week. Officially, as of this writing, McCarthy is “on indefinite leave” and using up his vacation and sick days. He was removed without notice on Monday, and in response to reporters’ queries, the mayor’s office has released just two cryptic statements, the final one saying Dixon was “shocked and disappointed.”
An e-mail and call to the mayor’s office were redirected to Sterling Clifford, the police department spokesman who is filling in for McCarthy temporarily. He did not return the phone message.
The Sun noted that McCarthy’s bio had also been removed from the web site of the Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore (Motto: God is Love and Love is for Everyone!) through which he is an ordained minister.
City Paper named McCarthy “Best Radio Talk Show Host” in 1999 and again in 2003 for his “First Edition” and “Daybreak” shows on Morgan State University’s WEAA-FM. City Paper reporters also appeared as his guest when he hosted the Friday News Roundup on WYPR-FM.
But McCarthy’s personal life was complicated even before the current vague and strange allegation (“inappropriate behavior?”), and his finances—both personal an campaign-related—were a tangled mess almost from the time he arrived in Baltimore in 1995.
Whatever shoe is about to drop on him, we hope to hear his side of this story soon.