DETROIT (WJBK) - Almost every time I tried to catch up with Brian Banks, he ran.
He ran when I went to talk to him about his eight felony convictions.
He ran when I went to talk to him about his many evictions.
He ran when I went to talk to him about the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by the young man Banks hired to drive him to Lansing and answer phones in his office. (He denied the allegation, and the state settled the case for about $100,000 in legal costs and payouts to the young man and his lawyer.)
He ran when I asked him whether he would run for office again after he resigned from office after admitting guilt to yet another fraud case.
And now he is running for the Second District state Senate seat, representing Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck and the Grosse Pointes.
Banks is not the only disgraced public official running in the Democratic primary for that seat. Former Detroit City Councilman George Cushingberry Jr. - who lost his law license, was sued by a former client, got evicted from two homes, and was, most recently, sued for sexual harassment.
To see me run after these candidates before they were running for office this year, check out my latest exclusive Problem Solvers investigation and take a look below at some of my previous reports.
State Rep. Brian Banks faced eviction seven times in recent years
After guilty plea, Brian Banks resumes political career
Former Rep. Brian Banks sentenced to 1 day in jail
State Rep. Brian Banks resigns from position, pleads guilty
Questions over some of state Rep. Brian Banks' actions
State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott $20K behind in rent, battles eviction
Newly elected State Rep Bettie Cook Scott faces eviction hearing
Lawmaker lawbreaker: Detroit representative lies about housing situation
Ex-staffer of Cushingberry sues for harassment; recordings reveal investigation
Detroit's George Cushingberry: good riddance...or goodbye?
Elrick to councilman Cushingberry: Why are you pretending you're still a lawyer?
John Olumba: I'm not ditching the area, I'm kind of expanding my territory
Also check out the Michigan Political Almanac, where you can learn more about every candidate running for office in Michigan this year.
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