By Herman Wang
U.S. Senate candidate and former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker today said his administration had a different but equally effective approach to finding and eliminating fraud within city government than current Mayor Ron Littlefield.
Mr. Corker also acknowledged being notified by then-City Councilman Littlefield about two instances of lavish spending during his administration and said those issues were dealt with.
The issues involved a staffer, whom Mr. Corker declined to name, who used city money to purchase trinkets to attendees of neighborhood meetings and hosted a lavish Christmas dinner for neighborhood activists, Mr. Corker said.
Mr. Littlefield, who has beefed up the citys internal audit staff, has fired three employees for policy violations and had two former employees charged with theft.
Mr. Corker is running as a Republican to replace Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
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