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Drive my car

The lyrics of the Beatles' "Drive My Car" predictably came to mind earlier today when the topic of City Council members using city-paid vehicles came up once again.

Drive my car

The lyrics of the Beatles' "Drive My Car" predictably came to mind earlier today when the topic of City Council members using city-paid vehicles came up once again.

Joe McColgan, a Republican running for Council-at-Large, announced in a news release that he wouldn't accept a city car (or a city pension) if he's elected.

“After the DROP fiasco, it is no wonder why Philadelphians have little trust in their government and elected officials,” McColgan said, according to the release.  

“I’ve been very clear that in order to fix our great city, we need leaders who place her interests first.  This is why I won’t take a pension or city-financed car when I’m elected to City Council.”

McColgan echoed remarks made last night by Bill Rubin, the Democrat who's challenging Republican Minority Leader Brian O'Neill in Northeast Philly's 10th Councilmanic District.

Rubin called the use of city vehicles a "waste of taxpayer money," during a head-to-head debate with O'Neill.

O'Neill said during the debate that he would give up his car if Mayor Nutter did the same first. In the meantime, he said, "I need it more than anybody. My district is the furthest away from City Hall."

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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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