Bob Madon

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Bob Madon
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Birthdate: 1935
Office: Mayor
Assumed Office: 1994
Political Party:
Past Experience
Office: Mayor (1977)
Occupation: Politician
Contact Information
Location: Pineville, Ky
Email: n/a
Phone: (606) 337-2958


Bob Madon, who served as the mayor of Pineville, Kentucky for nearly 18 years, will soon plead guilty for conspiring to buy votes in the November 2006 election, when he ran for mayor. Government prosecutors say Madon and his son, Brent, offered cash or drugs in exchange for people’s votes for the elder Madon in the 2006 mayoral election. Both originally pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and five counts of trying to buy votes.

According to the testimony of his son, Brent, Bob Madon put up the money, and Brent used it to buy votes at a price of $10 to $20 apiece. The indictment said voters also received drugs to vote for Madon, who beat incumbent Bruce Hendrickson with a suspiciously large edge in absentee votes — 250 to 55, according to a court document. [1]

History

Bob Madon began his service as Pineville’s mayor after the flood of 1977. Madon was appointed to the office after Mayor Andy Williams resigned. Madon then ran against Williams in the election held that same year and won. Madon began his official term in January 1978. He held the office until his resignation in April 1987 that followed his conviction of nine counts of spending city money on personal expenses. There were over 100 counts of misappropriating city funds in the original charges. Madons defense was that he used the money to lobby for grants for the city of Pineville.

After Madon's resignation in 1987, Fred Roper served as Mayor until Scott Madon — another of Bob Madon’s sons — took over in November of that same year. Scott Madon ran for the office in the mayoral election held in November 1989 and won, taking office in January 1990. Scott resigned in February of 1992 and Michael Roan served until November. Then Bob Madon took over the office again. Madon received a pardon from former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, making it possible for him to hold or run for public office again. Bob Madon served from January 1994 until his retirement in December of 2002. Bruce Hendrickson won the November 2002 election. [2]

Bob Madon was first elected in 1977 and has served as mayor of Pineville for 18 years. In 1987, he was convicted of nine counts of spending city money for personal expenses. Originally, he had faced 117 counts of misappropriating city money. During his trial, he argued that he used the money to lobby for grants for the city. He resigned after his conviction, but a pardon from former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson made him eligible to run for public office again. [3]

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Vote Buying Scandal

The Accusation

Longtime Pineville Mayor Bob Madon, 73, and his son, Brent Madon, 44, were accused of federal vote-buying charges. [4] Both men face a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years if convicted.

The Claim

Court documents claim he and his 44-year-old son, Brent Madon, conspired to influence voters with cash and prescription drugs during the 2006 mayoral election. Only 1,036 people voted in the general election. Of those, 305 were absentee votes, or about one-third of the total votes. [5]

Of those 305 absentee votes cast, Bob Madon received 250, and his opponent received 55, the indictment says. ­Madon later won the election by a nearly 2-to-1 margin and assumed office on Jan. 1, 2007. Madon won the election. Of the 305 absentee ballots cast in the election, 250 were for Madon, the U.S. attorney's office in Lexington said in a statement. The indictment says Brent Madon offered several people cash and drugs to vote for his dad. [6]

In an advertisement in a local newspaper dated Nov. 16, 2006 with the headline “Bob Madon and the entire Madon family express thank you!”, Madon wrote, “We conducted an honest and positive campaign.” The ad continues, “We never lied or pulled any ‘set-ups’ and went door to door.” [7]

Sam Castle indicated that Bob Madon plans to enter a plea of ‘not guilty’

September 2008

During their arraignment on September 9, 2008, Bob and Brent Madon both entered a 'not guilty' plea. [8]

Brent Madon changes his plea from not guilty to guilty to conspiracy and agreed to be called as a witness by federal prosecutors. [9]

October 2008

Brent Madon pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy father Bob Madon to purchase votes for $10-$20 dollars a piece in a 2006 mayoral election. Brent Madon faces up to five years in prison. [10]

On October 16, 2008, Mayor Madon announced that he would resign from office. He stated that he did not wish to continue working in the office from prison in order to receive his benefits. The Pineville city council will select a mayor to finish the rest of the term which runs through December 31, 2010. [11]

November 2008

On November 11, 2008, after a city council meeting, Mayor Bob Madon read his resignation letter. A motion was made to accept the resignation and Councilwoman Diana Anderson was appointed as the temporary Mayor until general elections are held. [12]

External Links

References

  1. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/741585.html Pineville mayor to plead guilty in vote-buying case
  2. Political trials and tribulations: The mayoral history of Bob Madon
  3. Small-town Ky. mayor 'taken aback' by charges
  4. Small-town Ky. mayor 'taken aback' by charges
  5. Pineville Mayor-Son Indicted on vote-buying charge
  6. Small-town Ky. mayor 'taken aback' by charges
  7. Madon Indicted Middlesboro Daily News
  8. Pineville Mayor, Son Appear In Court retrieved September 26, 2008
  9. Attorney: Pineville mayor's son to plead guilty accessed September 29, 2008
  10. Mayor's Son Guilty Of Vote-Buying retrieved October 13, 2008
  11. Pineville Mayor Bob Madon to resign Middlesboro Daily News retrieved October 20, 2008
  12. Mayor Madon resigns retrieved November 11, 2008
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