Riley: Councilman Charles Pugh to Return to Broadcast Television
February 1st, 2013, 5:47 AM
Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, the city's first openly gay council member, says he'll hang up his career at the end of the year as a politician and return to broadcast television.
"No, I don't have something lined up. It's still a ways out," Pugh told columnist Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press. "But I think it's high time I do start conversations."
Pugh, 41, who had worked for Fox2, told Riley he also decided not to run for mayor this November. A poll last fall placed him in the top three among possible mayoral contenders. He was elected to the council in 2009 to a four year term that ends this year.
In an interview, Pugh said he was proudest to achieve his main goal of "restoring dignity and respect and order to the council."
The council's reputation "had spiraled to an all-time low with public fights and unethical decisions by people who are now returning from prison," he said. "I am Detroit! ... I wanted to help restore a level of respect and trust."