Though a Common Pleas judge this week rejected an effort to get elected officials enrolled in the DROP program kicked off the primary ballot, the legal fight seems far from over.
As expected, attorney Matthew Wolfe, who filed the challenge against Councilman Frank Rizzo, yesterday filed an appeal in Commonwealth Court. Wolfe had argued that the elected officials made an "irrevocable commitment" to retire when they entered DROP, so they are now ineligible to run for re-election.
This week Common Pleas Judge Jimmy Lynn rejected the argument. Lynn's order said that the voters who filed the challenges in the last two weeks were asking him to rewrite city law. He added that their argument could prevent a Council member from retiring in the retirement program and then running for mayor.
Rizzo's attorney Christopher Warren said he was confident that the appeal would not go anywhere.