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.