Saturday, December 27, 2014

Former Brady Staffer Confirms Council Run Consideration

We told you in Friday's column that Rich Subbio, a former staffer for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, is considering a run for City Council in the May 2011 Democratic primary election. We also noted that Brady told us he could not support Subbio versus a Democratic incumbent on Council and couldn't have Subbio on his staff while he was considering a run. What we didn't have was Subbio's side of the story. We do now, via an e-mail that arrived today:

Former Brady Staffer Confirms Council Run Consideration

We told you in Friday's column that Rich Subbio, a former staffer for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, is considering a run for City Council in the May 2011 Democratic primary election.  We also noted that Brady told us he could not support Subbio versus a Democratic incumbent on Council and couldn't have Subbio on his staff while he was considering a run.  What we didn't have was Subbio's side of the story.  We do now, via an e-mail that arrived today:

While it is true I am considering a run for Philadelphia City Council, I have not yet decided whether it will be a district or at-large race. I will be making that decision in the coming weeks as I talk to people in the community, both in my neighborhood and beyond. This much is clear: Philadelphia continues to need strong and independent leadership, people who are thoughtful and work hard. Working for Congressman Bob Brady, my friend and mentor of the last 25 years, I have also learned there comes a time to pull together for the common good. I have always valued Congressman Brady’s counsel and respect his position. But I learned from him that leadership requires the strength to know what’s right and do what’s right. I know the people of Philadelphia agree with me, and I look forward to having a conversation with them as I explore a candidacy.

Sincerely, Richard Subbio (Formerly Deputy Staff Director for the Committee on House Administration)

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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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