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Four angry men. The Cour­ageous Quar­tet. Two Re­pub­lic­ans, two Demo­crats. Bobby Hen­on, Joe Mc­Col­gan, Bill Ru­bin and Al Tauben­ber­ger.

Re­mem­ber those names when you vote next Tues­day.

Of all the men and wo­men on the bal­lot to fill City Coun­cil’s 17 seats, Messrs. Hen­on (6th dis­trict), Ru­bin (10th dis­trict), Mc­Col­gan and Tauben­ber­ger (both at-large) are, sadly, the only ones brave enough to have pub­licly prom­ised not to vote for Mari­an “DROP Queen” Tasco for Coun­cil pres­id­ent when the new Coun­cil takes of­fice in Janu­ary.

By re­fus­ing to give Ms. Tasco a verbal spank­ing for tak­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in DROP re­tire­ment money but not re­tir­ing, all of the oth­er Coun­cil can­did­ates are anti-tax­pay­er.

Yes, they have the leg­al right to re­main si­lent on their picks for pres­id­ent, but their si­lence is im­mor­al and speaks volumes. You, the voters who have got­ten the shaft from greedy politi­cians like Ms. Tasco and her cronies for far too long, have the right to pun­ish Coun­cil can­did­ates who tol­er­ate Ms. Tasco’s shenanigans. Do not vote for them on Tues­day.

In the at-large race, voters can se­lect up to five can­did­ates for sev­en seats (two seats are re­served for Re­pub­lic­ans). Voters across the city should think out­side the box by vot­ing for Messrs. Mc­Col­gan and Tauben­ber­ger twice — once the reg­u­lar way, by push­ing the but­tons next to their names, and then by cast­ing their names in the write-in slots on the bal­lot.

Anti-DROP May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter, who will win a second term Tues­day by de­mol­ish­ing Re­pub­lic­an “chal­lenger” Kar­en Brown, should show some spine by pub­licly ac­know­ledging that Ms. Tasco is not eth­ic­ally fit to lead Coun­cil.

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