PA-2: Will Fattah Resign?

Congressman Chaka FattahOn Tuesday, Chaka Fattah was convicted on all 29 counts against him.

Yet he is still a Congressman.

Fattah didn’t broach the subject of resignation in his response and his sentencing hearing is set for October 4th.

At the moment, though, PA Dems are hesitant to push Fattah out the door. Aubrey Whelan and Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer asked Mayor Jim Kenney, former Governor Ed Rendell, State Rep. (and successor) Dwight Evans and Congressman Bob Brady if Fattah should resign and they all demurred.

“It’s his call,” Rep. Brady told them. “[Fattah] would have never been someone that I thought would ever make mistakes or break the law. I’ve known him 30 years. Brady, the longtime head of the Democratic City Committee, said shortly after the verdict. “He’s done an awful lot of good for the city of Philadelphia, for the region, and for the United States. It’s a shame to have something like this happen.”

Under the rules of the House, though, Rep. Fattah is not allowed to vote in committees or on the floor. Furthermore, if he doesn’t voluntarily step down the House Ethics Committee must begin removal proceedings, which the Congressman could appeal. The Chair of that committee is Fattah’s Keystone State colleague Charlie Dent.

If no action is taken, Fattah could stay on until he is forced to serve his sentence or Evans takes over in January, whichever comes first.

The 2nd Congressional District consists of parts of Northwest Philadelphia, as well as Southwestern Montgomery County.

June 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “PA-2: Will Fattah Resign?”

  1. Ludivina says:

    you are really a just right webmaster. The web site loading pace is amazing. It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a wonderful process in this matter!

    https://mail.google.com/

  2. HenrySenatore says:

    I am concerned about Democrats winning over seats in PA House & Senate. In light of Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) being convicted of federal racketeering I would urge Rep Fattah to resign ASAP to save the party the further embarrassment of seeking his
    resignation or expulsion from Congress. Agree? Then contact his office requesting he step away immediately:
    District Office
    2401 N. 54th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    Phone: 215.871.4455
    Fax: 215.871.4456

Comments are closed.