Friday, March 22, 2013

Schiliro needs to step down

Let me say this first. I like Jay Schiliro.

When Marcus Hook was rocked by the news from Sunoco that they were getting out of the refinery business, Schiliro was out front in the battle for a way of life in the lower end of the county.

He was one of the keys in pressuring Sunoco to help the borough with what was clearly going to be an economic haymaker.

But the mayor has clear gone off the tracks a bit.

Yesterday, one week after the Daily Times first reported the details, Schiliro was charged in connection with a bizarre incident at his home involving a 20-year-old man, a gun, booze and some sordid allegations.

You can read all the details of his arrest and the charges filed against him here.

Schiliro has been adamant in saying he will not give up his post as borough mayor, despite some pretty clear pressure from borough council that he do just that. Yesterday the mayor again indicated he has no intention of resigning, and that he will remain on the May primary ballot. He does face a Republican challenge in the primary. Schiliro also said he will fight the charges against him in court.

We think he should rethink his position. He should resign.

Maybe the most troubling aspect of what is clearly a distrubing situation is the fact that authorities allege Schiliro used a borough police officer to go get the man and bring him to his house. As mayor Schiliro oversees the police department. That just can't happen.

We look forward to hearing Schiliro's version of all this when he gets his day in court.

But for now, he should step down as mayor.

You can read our editorial here.

 

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