Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Steve Goldsmith And Wife Are Divorcing

Steve Goldsmith and his wife, Margaret, have separated and are planning to divorce according to WISH-TV's Jim Shella. Last year, the couple made news when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired Goldsmith as his deputy mayor after learning of Goldsmith's arrest at the couple's Washington, D.C. home after Margaret called police and filed a complaint of domestic battery against her husband. Goldsmith denied he laid a hand on his wife, and she later recanted the story she gave to police after placing a 911 call on July 30, 2011 after a verbal altercation between the two allegedly turned physical. The police later dropped the charges against Goldsmith after his wife refused to cooperate in the investigation.

Among the criticisms Goldsmith faced as Bloomberg's deputy mayor was the fact that he continued to commute between Washington, D.C. and the Big Apple long after he had taken a job in Bloomberg's administration. Shella reports that the couple now plan to return to Indiana where Goldsmith has been very active behind the scenes working on privatization deals within state government and Indianapolis city government as a private consultant. Goldsmith played a key role in the botched privatization of the Family & Social Services Administration's welfare services and the City of Indianapolis' parking meter assets. Both deals benefited ACS, a politically-connected IT company for whom Goldsmith had worked as a high level executive following his service as Indianapolis mayor. Mayor Greg Ballard has admitted in the past that he confers weekly with Goldsmith on city matters, although Goldsmith never registered to lobby the Ballard administration as required by a city ordinance.

1 comment:

CircleCityScribe said...

I wish Goldsmith would consider moving to Detroit, the city with the State-Appointed Emergency Manager trying to correct it's budget problems.....