Reaction pours in after former mayor Patrick Cannon's arrest


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Reaction to former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon's arrest and investigation has been steadily pouring in. Here are few statements from around community:

Secretary Anthony Foxx

“It's sad. I share the deep disappointment and personal sentiments expressed by other former leaders of Charlotte. The city is bigger than any one person, and now is a time for pulling together and moving forward.”

The N.C. Democratic Party

“We have read the news reports and are saddened by the recent turn of events. We are confident that the Charlotte City Council will be able to make wise decisions as they move forward during this difficult time.”

Governor Pat McCrory
"I am both saddened and angered because I have known Patrick and his family for over 30 years, but more than anything, my heart is broken for the City of Charlotte. This is not the city that I know, served and love. This alleged behavior is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated."

Edwin Peacock III, who ran against Cannon for mayor

"The people of Charlotte deserve nothing but the highest ethical behavior from our elected officials. The public trust has been shattered and must now be restored."

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio:
"We are aware of the allegations against and arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. We are reviewing the documents and criminal complaint, and know there are references by Cannon regarding Mecklenburg County's Code Enforcement process. We are not aware of any connection to the County, but will cooperate fully with any investigation."

Statement from Patrick cannon's church, Park Church

"The Park Church continues to pray for former Mayor Patrick Cannon, his family, the City of Charlotte and the greater community."

Charlotte NAACP
"In lieu of recent events with our former Mayor, Patrick Cannon, we the Charlotte NAACP and others working in coalition with the NAACP respect the wishes of the Cannon Family to have some private time to sort through all that is happening.  We extend our fervent prayers and blessings upon the Cannon Family and the City of Charlotte as it slowly transitions through this ordeal."

True Healing Under God
"T.H.U.G., along with supporters of Pat Cannon making plans to host a prayer service in support of the former mayor. They have also offered legal assistance in reference to his recent charges. Details on the prayer service will be released this Friday."

Charlotte City Council statement can be found here.

Before Cannon resigned, the North Carolina Republican Party issued the following:

"Patrick Cannon should immediately resign as mayor of Charlotte following his arrest by the FBI on public corruption charges. Accepting monetary bribes, as Mr. Cannon has allegedly done, is an egregious and unforgivable breach of the public's trust, and the taxpayers of Charlotte deserve much better. We hope the North Carolina Democratic Party will join us in calling on Patrick Cannon to step down.”