[Ed. – Those campaign hug-outs can be a bee-yotch. But on a more serious note, why the gang sign? Nobody’s that stupid.]
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has obtained a photo of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges posing with a convicted felon while flashing a known gang sign.
The man in the photo is a twice-convicted felon for drug selling and possession and illegal possession of a firearm. He is currently sentenced to five years at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, with the prison term stayed for three years while he is under supervised probation until 2016. If he violates terms of his probation during that time, he will serve the five years behind bars.
The photo was taken a week before the November election while the mayor canvassed neighborhoods with a nonprofit group in a get-out-the-vote event. …
[Hodges’] spokesperson…says the man in the photo is well regarded by the nonprofit that employs him and the mayor is simply “pointing at him” in the photo.
When asked to respond to the mayor’s statement that she is just “pointing at him,” [a retired police officer] said, “She can’t be that naive. I cannot imagine.”