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.