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Clarke: Too premature to discuss Councilwoman's leadership post

At the moment, sources say City Council has no intention of dropping Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown from her leadership post just several days after a report released by the Ethics Board detailed a series of campaign finance violations.

Clarke: Too premature to discuss Councilwoman's leadership post

Democratic City Council at large candidate Blondell Reynolds Brown during the debate at WHYY, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)
Democratic City Council at large candidate Blondell Reynolds Brown during the debate at WHYY, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer) Steven M. Falk

At the moment, sources say City Council has no intention of dropping Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown from her leadership post just several days after a report released by the Ethics Board detailed a series of campaign finance violations.

PhillyClout posed the question earlier this week and still today sources say members are supportive of Reynolds Brown maintaining her leadership post, for now. Reynolds Brown an at-large Democratic Councilwoman was selected by her colleagues to serve in leadership as majority whip, with a salary of $126,366.

“At this point I think its way too premature to discuss anything related to Councilwoman Brown’s tenure as leadership,” said Council president Darrell Clarke. “Councilmember Brown has continued to carry-on her duties as a Council person as a majority whip. I don’t know at what point we need to have that level of discussion, but at this point I don’t think it’s time for that.”

Additionally Clarke said he had “no personal opinion” about Reynolds Brown keeping her leadership post.

Clarke also said he has no “personal opinion” as to whether Council’s Ethics Committee should review Reynolds Brown’s actions. The last time the Ethics Committee took any action was in 1982, according to Council’s Chief Clerk.

“I don’t have a personal opinion at this point,” Clarke said. “I don’t think there is a basis to move ahead with any other investigatory matters at this time based on the particular action taken by the Ethics Board.”

When asked if she feared members may angle for her leadership post Reynolds Brown said:

"I feel good in knowing that I will be measured in the totality of my work product. I feel good in knowing that consistently in my 13 years here I’ve made not good choices, but very good choices. I feel good in knowing that I’ve acknowledged, I’ve stepped forward, I was very honest I was very forthcoming in saying to the Ethics Board and to my colleagues, that the short list of them, that I made a mistake and poor judgment."

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