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Rizzo Struggles Against ‘DROP’ For At-Large City Council Renomination

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia at-large city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., was apparently having trouble tonight shaking the charge that he ran for another term despite having entered the city’s controversial “DROP” pension program.

In the Republican primary for at-large councilmember nominations, Rizzo was running a distant seventh in a field where the top five finishers get the nominations.

With about 86 percent of precincts counted, Rizzo was behind Michael Untermeyer, Joseph McColgan, David Oh, Dennis O’Brien, Al Taubenberger, and Malcolm Lazin, who was running in sixth position.

On the Democratic side, all five incumbents — James Kenney, Bill Green, William Greenlee, Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Wilson Goode Jr. — appeared headed for renomination, although Goode was being threatened by Sherrie Cohen, only about 1,200 votes behind with 90 percent of precincts counted.

Reported by Ed Fischer.

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  • Ken

    David Oh took first place. Second was former Speaker, State Rep. Dennis O’Brian. Only the top two will win in November.

  • Dan McDermott

    In a city going broke, fast, it was a real error in judgement to seek reelection while playing the “DROP” game. We might expect it of some blue collar worker, or even white collar. But to have the audacity to seek elective office, while scamming the city coffers out of thousands of dollars, seems beyond the pale.

  • NS

    Time to retire, Franny.

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