31 Jan Gaughan’s Statement to Council After FBI Raid
While most of Scranton’s political class remained silent following news of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on City Hall and Mayor Bill Courtright’s West Mountain residence, Democratic Councilman Bill Gaughan expressed his shock at the first City Council meeting following the raids. He said:
It was really shocking, all of the news that has come out in the last few days, the last week, that the FBI had raided City Hall and as well the mayor’s home. It’s clear to me that, not only these events, but the events over the last few years, in the city, the school district and the county, that the faith that people have in their government officials has eroded to the point that it’s just become disgraceful. All of us want answers. We need to let the investigation into these matters run its course, allow the authorities to do their job so that all of the facts can be made available.
Gaughan has led the opposition to many of Mayor Courtright’s policies. He is an advocate for a new, stronger ethics code for city officials and employees.