“No comment,” Noah said again, pushing through the crowd of reporters interrogating him as he tried to leave city hall. The six o’clock news cameras weren’t portraying Noah kindly.
Alex shook his head with a sigh and reached for the remote control to hear the television better. Unfortunately, his former college roommate had dug this hole for himself and no one would bail him out.
Because his real estate office was practically across the street from city hall, Alex had a front row seat as the scandal broke. Now watching it play back on the evening news was like rubbing salt in a wound.
Large, professional news cameras and microphones were shoved in Noah’s face and he visibly cringed away from them, fumbling for his car keys.
The reporters shouted questions at Noah as he hurried to his shiny, black Mercedes Benz.
“Mayor Adlin, how do you respond to allegations made by your former business partner that you were the mastermind behind the illegal operations at Domrey?”
“Mayor, are you cooperating with the police during the investigation?”
“Will you be testifying at Mr. Huron’s trial?”
“Will you be resigning as mayor of the City of Kingston?”
“Did you use taxpayers’ money to purchase cars and homes and pay for vacations as Mr. Huron claimed?”
“Do you intend to make restitution to your former employees as the prince and councilman have done?”
To that, Noah’s head snapped up and glared at the reporter. He narrowed his eyes then climbed into his car without responding, hiding behind the darkened windows. He nearly plowed through the crowd of reporters as he gunned his engine and sped from the parking lot at city hall.
The story continued for a few more moments and then the news anchors cut to the next main headline and Alex clicked the television off wishing he could make the story go away as fast as the changing of the headlines.
Andrew Huron’s trial would likely drag on for months. The prosecutors had little more than circumstantial evidence against Drew for the murder charges, but solid evidence for multiple charges of corruption and tax evasion. Drew would be locked up for many years.
Noah’s letter of resignation arrived in the inboxes of the city council members late that evening. Alex wasn’t surprised to see the email after witnessing that circus of reporters on the six o’clock news.
Alex picked up the phone and dialed the chairman of the city council, assuming they’d be calling an emergency meeting to address the ongoing investigation, and the need to appoint the vice-mayor as acting mayor until further notice. He’d never regretted choosing involvement in public service, but this wasn’t what Alex had in mind when running for city council.