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)