ATLANTA , Even Marion Brooks
didn't see this coming.
For four years, Brooks
glitzy affair full of exotic trips with Atlanta then-Mayor Bill Campbell, she
testified last week during his
federal corruption trial.
What Brooks, 39, didn't know is that she
wasn't the married mayor's only girlfriend.
...Brooks said the affair continued when she left Atlanta in December 1997 to take an anchor position at WMAQ in Chicago.
The couple broke off the romance in 1999, but it was briefly rekindled in 2001, she
said.It ended with a trip to San Francisco, she
said, where the mayor bought her
a $2,400 coat.Brooks
apparently didn't realize that Campbell had another long-term girlfriend, Jimenez.
Kevin Hanna, who was selected by Campbell in 1997 to run the Atlanta Development Authority, testified that the city's chief operating officer, Larry Wallace, recommended Brooks
for a public relations position.
According to previous testimony by businessman Gabe Pascarella, who would book trips for the mayor, Campbell
took several romantic trips with women, in particular Brooks
Prosecutors didn't dwell on any steamy details of Campbell's affair with Brooks
, which included trips to Paris, Mexico, Las Vegas and Jamaica.Instead, they are trying to back up their contention that the mayor needed cash to support a lavish lifestyle of jet setting, high-stakes gambling and women.Brooks
testified that Campbell paid for hotels, dinners and entertainment using cash , never credit cards or checks.
asked for a loan for a down payment on a condominium, he
$16,000 in cash, she
told the jurors.