Suit tries to DROP Philadelphia City Council members from ballot

The two remaining Philadelphia City Council members in the controversial early retirement program DROP are facing court challenges to their candidacies. 

The brother and wife of one of Marian Tasco’s primary opponents have sued, saying the councilwoman cannot run for office because she committed to retire this year when she enrolled in DROP.  Attorney Joe Doherty said Tasco’s name should be taken off the ballot.

“Councilwoman Tasco, by seeking re-election and through statements she’s made in public has made clear that she has no intention of retiring once receiving her DROP payment, but in fact starting up a new term next year,” said Doherty.  “That is a clear violation of the ordinance and the basis of our lawsuit.”

Through a spokesperson, Tasco declined to comment on the suit.  Tasco will receive close to $480,000 at the end of the year through DROP and still qualify for a regular pension.  Councilman Frank Rizzo is facing a similar challenge from a Republican Committeeman.

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