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City Council Stalls Nutter's Appointee To Board Of Ethics

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics decision to release information Tuesday about two Democratic candidates for District Attorney, one week before the primary election, has clearly raised some hackles on City Council. Council this morning considered and then stalled the appointment of Edward Kung to the board.

City Council Stalls Nutter's Appointee To Board Of Ethics

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics decision to release information Tuesday about two Democratic candidates for District Attorney, one week before the primary election, has clearly raised some hackles on City Council. Council this morning considered and then stalled the appointment of Edward Kung to the board.

Councilman Bill Greenlee asked Kung about the release Tuesday of information on investigation into the campaigns of Dan McCaffery and Seth Williams. “Do you have concern about information being giving out six days or a week before the election?” Greenlee asked.

Kung punted, responding: “I don’t know the reasoning of the board of ethics.” He also gave vague answers to Councilwoman Marian Tasco about whether the Board of Ethics staff should discuss ongoing cases with the media. She offered no examples of that happening. And Councilman Bill Green suggested Kung’s appointment should be held because he had no idea where Kung stood on ethics issues.

And that’s just what happened. Councilwoman Marian Tasco proposed that Kung’s nomination be held until her colleagues have a chance to meet with Kung.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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