Doesn't look too good when you are the mayor of a major U.S. city, and your ex-son in law is convicted of dope smuggling; In addition, your daughter is convicted of illegally transferring drug money to her ex-husband.
Well, thats exactly what happened to Mayor Shirley Franklin. Mrs Franklin had the pleasure of sitting in the same courtroom, on two separate occasions.One was to watch her ex son-in-law, Tremayne Graham( very suitable last name), receive life in prison for smuggling over 500 kilograms of cocaine from California to the wonderful city of Atlanta, which happens to be the same city that Mayor Franklin governs. On the second occasion, Mayor Franklin got a chance to see her daughter, Kai Franklin Graham, receive 90 days in jail for converting drug money into money orders; to help Mr.Graham while on the run from law enforcement. After her daughter's sentence, Mayor Graham made a very emotional and articulate statement to the press:
" I ran for mayor. None of my children did. They are subject to law, as they should be."
I realize that Mayor Franklin is not the one being prosecuted. I also realize that you cannot choose your family members, regardless of your position in life; but, I also realize that it can seem shady that your ex son-in-law is one of the biggest drug dealers in a city that you control. We are not talking about hand to hand transactions here; Tremayne Graham is believed to have smuggled at least 2300 pounds of cocaine! This doesn't seem very logical to me. Maybe someone can comment and make me understand this situation better. In no way am I implying that Mayor Franklin knew of Graham's illegal activities; but I do have my reasons to show skepticism.
I will like to see how Mayor Franklin's family situation will hold over with her constituents, as well as the citizens of Atlanta. Mayor Franklin is very popular in Atlanta, lets see if this popularity will rise or decline.