Monday, October 24, 2005

Bad times for Mariano, cont.

Lots of sorrowful news around Councilman Rick Mariano, the focus of federal investigation over the last few months andn subject of anticipated indictments. At the end of last week he lost his lawyer and then alarmed folks by going to the top of City Hall to think things through. He was then hospitalized briefly amid reports of feeling isolated in his difficult times. Apparently the solution to that last was to chat with a friend on his radio show. Strange days, indeed.

[also note: Blogger is acting up today, so may not get a full set of posts up until later...]

Update: along the way, the Daily News editorial page added their voice to calls for Mariano to step down. Maybe it would help ease the pressure.
(via PoliticsPhilly)


Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

The editorial appears to stop short of calling for his resignation; it appears to urge him to stop coming to City Hall "until this storm passes."

Normally, it takes 9 votes of out of 17 to pass a bill. With the death of Councilman David Cohen, it now takes 9 votes out 16. If Mariano follows the advice of the Daily News, it will take 9 votes out of 15. As other council members are sometimes sick or otherwise unavailable, it is going to get tougher and tougher to pass a bill.

8:18 PM  

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