Is this really the best Philadelphia Democrats can do? Of course there is another party the people could turn to but Philly is pretty much trapped in one-party rule by Democrats and has been for years. No matter how corrupt things get.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
El-Shabazz declares himself ‘perfect candidate’ for DA, despite tax debts
Tariq El-Shabazz repeatedly told a supportive crowd gathered in a Chestnut Hill bar Monday that he has flaws but is still their best option for Philadelphia district attorney.
El-Shabazz, who recently resigned as first assistant district attorney, carefully laid out his plans if elected to the job. But he continued to dodge most questions about the $190,712 in federal, state, and city tax lien judgments on file against him in Common Pleas Court.
“I can tell you that there is a payment plan in place with the IRS tax liens,” he said. “I can tell you we are working to settle all debt that I have.”
El-Shabazz would not say what, if any, payments he had made toward the debts.
He said the debts did not interfere with his work in the last seven months, when he served as District Attorney Seth Williams’ top deputy, before resigning from that $165,576-per-year post last week.
Williams this month dropped his bid for a third term, amid swirling controversy driven by an ongoing federal investigation into his personal and political finances, and his long-delayed reporting of accepting more than $175,000 in gifts from 2010 to 2015.
Don’t the people of Philadelphia deserve better?