Annals of Stephen Goldsmith

September 1, 2011 12:56 p.m.

Last I’d heard of Stephen Goldsmith, he was the hotshot Mayor of Indianapolis, beloved of the Club for Growth, Manhattan Institute crowd. Back in 1998 I edited this piece on him by Michael Grunwald in the American Prospect. (I think I edited it. I lose track of which I edited or just read drafts of.) Now it turns out he’s been working in my own city as Number 2 for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And now he’s resigned from that gig because he got busted at his DC home (this guy has a lot of cities) on a domestic violence charge.

“I should have put a bullet through you years ago,” Goldsmith’s wife Margaret allegedly told Goldsmith just before he shoved her, according to the police report.

Goldsmith’s wife later stated under oath that the incident was “taken out of context” and “an enormous misunderstanding” and declined to press charges.

(ed.note: In this post I originally incorrectly said that Goldsmith said the bullet thing to his wife. In fact, his wife said it to him. Allegedly.)

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