''It's kind of a bittersweet situation for me, we worked hard ... we brought open government back to East Cleveland, we got the water rates lowered, we reduced crime by 40 to 75 percent, we brought respect back to the city.... The reality is the only thing that got him over was the media broadcasting the information, pictures that had not been authenticated.''
Eric Brewer, Mayor of East Cleveland, a town of about 25,000 residents on Lake Erie, that sits on the edge of the larger City of Cleveland, OH. Photos surfaced last week that some have alleged are the male mayor dressed in heels, wig and lingerie. While Brewer reacted with anger over the release and dissemination of photos, and the unsubstantiated claim that the photos were of him, he does not appear to have said that the photos were not of him. Despite many voters public statements that the photos shouldn't matter, voters chose his opponent, Gary Norton, Jr, by a margin of nearly 2-to-1. Norton says he has known about the photos for a couple of years. It has been stated by Brewer that some on the city's police force were responsible for peddling the photos to the public and the media; and that they did so in response to differences over certain police conduct. (Fox 8)