Election time is always the right time for scandal, especially in East Cleveland where it's brewing haute and heavy at the moment.
With mayoral elections days away, incumbent mayor, Eric Brewer is busily defending himself against charges that he likes to dress in bad wigs, bold lipstick and ballsy (no pun intended) lingerie. While he has yet to confirm or deny that he's the lad dressed as a lady in these photos, he has come out swinging in a statement against Tom Meyer, the WKCY television reporter who broke the news.
"Meyer's story was based on unsubstantiated allegations that I was featured in photographs wearing women's articles of clothing and said my opponent in the September 29, 2009 Democratic mayoral primary, had no doubt the photographs were of me."
He also blasts said opponent, Gary Norton and his own police department for leaking the photos.
"My opponent and his supporters, along with members of the East Cleveland police department, have circulated pictures they have claimed to be of me throughout the city, and have caused them to be placed in numerous resident homes."
In return, the Police union launched their own statement confirming that their support for Norton, but denying that they leaked the photos.
Politics can get so dark and murky, can't it? Yet irony of ironies the one bright spot in all this are the photos themselves. I can understand how a man, especially the mayor -- if that's who this is -- dressing in drag can be viewed as plain old wrong. But that doesn't take away from the fact that his taste in lingerie is oh so right. I for one am particularly fond of the brassiere with matching thigh-high nylons and garters. The patent heels are a nice touch. Kudos too for the gold earring and necklace ensemble. No, pricey lingerie and jewelry this is not, but kudos for the styling.
All's well that ends well, and while Brewster's may not end with him winning this election, he can look forward to a career styling mannequins at Fredericks of Hollywood.
Read more from Zandile on her daily fashion blog, The Blay Report.