Baltimore's current political mess is starting to draw attention from other parts of the country.
A Wall Street Journal commentary published Friday outlines in exacting detail Mayor Catherine Pugh's literary career.
It points out for the entire nation the discrepancies between what Pugh has been claiming about her "Healthy Holly" book sales and the reality of the fact that many more organizations, including some who had city contracts at stake, were paying for her books than the mayor was admitting.
"In hindsight, it was not the best decision to purchase Healthy Holly books," John Ashworth, the interim CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, told writer Jillian Kay Melchior.
The piece also accuses Pugh of being part of "an apparent scheme to enrich herself using her power as an elected officials and a board member of a prominent medical system."
The commentary doesn't break much new ground in reporting of facts involving the mayor's book scandal, but it does hang Baltimore's dirty laundry in a very public place, and concludes that the city may need to change its time honored slogan from "The City That Reads," to "The City That Greeds."