Editorial: Say No! to Tasco

Sadly, half of the quar­tet run­ning for City Coun­cil in North­east Philly’s con­tested dis­trict races have a prob­lem with mor­als.

In re­fus­ing to rule out vot­ing for Mari­an Tasco for Coun­cil pres­id­ent in Janu­ary, Re­pub­lic­ans Sandra Stew­art and Bri­an O’Neill are thumb­ing their noses at all Phil­adelphi­ans and main­tain­ing the cul­ture of greed that has per­meated City Hall.

Ms. Tasco, a Demo­crat from North­w­est Phil­adelphia, wants to be­come pres­id­ent when a new Coun­cil con­venes early next year — right after she col­lects $478,000 in DROP re­tire­ment money, does not re­tire, and con­tin­ues to ac­cept her huge salary as a coun­cil­wo­man.

By not ex­pressly rul­ing out vot­ing for Ms. Tasco, Ms. Stew­art and Mr. O’Neill are stick­ing it to the city. But they and all Coun­cil can­did­ates have op­tions. Their choices for Coun­cil pres­id­ent in Janu­ary, should they win their dis­trict and at-large con­tests on Nov. 8, are not lim­ited to Ms. Tasco or Coun­cil­man Dar­rell Clarke. They can pick Jim Ken­ney, the qual­ity-of-life coun­cil­man from South Phil­adelphia. They can pick any of the oth­er Coun­cil win­ners. They can pick them­selves. They can ab­stain from vot­ing for pres­id­ent.

It’s not too late for Ms. Stew­art, Mr. O’Neill and every oth­er Coun­cil hope­ful to do what is mor­ally prop­er by re­ject­ing Mari­an Tasco’s pres­id­en­tial am­bi­tions.

But gentle voters of scan­dal-weary Phil­adelphia, noth­ing will change un­til you wise up, rise up and speak up. Let all City Coun­cil can­did­ates — Re­pub­lic­ans, Demo­crats, dis­trict and at-large — know at least this much: Come Elec­tion Day, you will not vote for any Coun­cil hope­ful who has not ruled out vot­ing for Mari­an Tasco for pres­id­ent. ••

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