Mayor Eddie A. Perez sat in his office at city hall on a late June day in 2007 and assured a pair of state criminal investigators that the rumors weren't true, that he had long ago paid in full for the $20,000 renovation at his home by city contractor Carlos Costa.As a former denizen of the Hartford area, I can say with confidence that Hartford politics is just a bush league version of Chicago politics.
He could even get them the canceled check to prove it.
But barely an hour and a half after Perez said goodbye to the investigators, the mayor was in the offices of the Hartford Federal Credit Union filling out an application for a $25,000 home equity loan. It fell to Perez's lawyer nine days later to tell investigators that the mayor, in fact, had never paid Costa for the work that had begun more than two years earlier.
Oh, yeah...Eddie Perez is a Democrat...and a former gang member, to boot.