Kevin Johnson

Flashback: Obama Fired Inspector General Who Pursued Ally Kevin Johnson

Obama came under muted criticism — most of it from Republicans — in 2009 when he fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who had pursued an investigation of Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star and mayor of Sacramento, California. The administration even questioned Walpin’s mental capacities in defending the decision.

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City Attorneys Advise Kevin Johnson Not to Hug People

Despite the fact that a law firm investigating a sexual harassment claim against Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson found it unsubstantiated, the same law firm wrote a memo to the city attorney warning Johnson should “be advised as to how his actions (i.e. hugging and being flirty) are being perceived by some city employees,” and that he should “refrain from hugging or touching anyone in the workplace or at city-related events.”

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Kevin Johnson Wants Restraining Order to Prevent E-mail Release

Johnson filed a restraining order request against the city of Sacramento to prevent the Sacramento News and Review from gaining access to e-mails he sent as mayor. Johnson claims that the release would harm him and the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), of which he was once vice president and president. He named the NCBM as a co-plaintiff.

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Praises…Ben Carson?

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a Democrat who has praised Barack Obama for his efforts to “improve policing” in America and lauded him by saying “he’s hip, he’s a smooth president,” decided to flatter a GOP candidate for president on Monday, praising Ben Carson in Sacramento at a gathering of Johnson’s “Indivizible” African-American empowerment organization.

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