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The Brief: Corpus Christi's new mayor resigned after 37 days. What happened?

Disgruntled Corpus Christi voters elected a political outsider to run the city last year. After 37 days, the mayor resigned. Here’s what happened.

A sign posted at a sink at a Corpus Christi-area health clinic on the morning of Dec. 15, 2016.  City officials announced a ban on using the city’s water the evening before due to a chemical making its way into the supply.

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Upset over infrastructure problems, Corpus Christi voters rejected the establishment and voted a political outsider to run the city last year. After 37 days and a string of bizarre controversies, Dan McQueen resigned. Here’s what happened:

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"The problems at CPS absolutely cannot go ignored. We can no longer sit idly by while children continue to suffer in group homes and outright abusive environments across the state."

— Kevin Roberts, State Representative for House District 126, via TribTalk

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