Thursday, January 26, 2023

Convicted Philadelphia lawmaker has a new assignment in the Register of Wills

As first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, convicted former State Representative Vanessa Lori Brown has found a new job in the city. The former West Philly lawmaker is working for the city’s Register of Wills, Tracy Gordon.

She debuted last week and serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator with an annual salary of $65,000. Lovie Brown was convicted in 2018 after pleading guilty to accepting bribes from a lobbyist.

As a result, he was forced to resign from the position which he held for almost a decade. He was sentenced to 23 months’ probation for accepting $4,000 in bribes.

However, Brown never admitted to any of the charges before sentencing, even when prosecutors initially said he admitted wrongdoing before his attorney qualified for rookie client status. Was.

Unfortunately for Brown, the Dauphin County jury disagreed, finding Brown guilty of five counts of conflict of interest, one count of bribery and one count of disclosure of financial interest. She had been re-elected to her position just weeks earlier.

However, Brown could be in another possibly sticky situation, as Gordon’s history is just as sticky as his.

Gordon—a former deputy city commissioner—won the Register of Wills job in 2019, defeating 40-year incumbent Ron Donatucci in the Democratic primary to end his bid for an 11th term. The South Philly politician had held the position since 1980.

He’s running for re-election this year, and Brown’s hiring follows a high-profile exit two months ago.

Former Pennsylvania attorney general and now governor Josh Shapiro has made serious allegations against Rashin Crews, Gordon’s top political adviser and aide, for allegedly forging petitions for judicial candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.

During his tenure as deputy city commissioner, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics twice found Gordon guilty of serious violations, ultimately leading to his removal in 2014 after first taking office in 2012. The Ethics Board fined Gordon $2,201 for six violations of city charters.

Gordon may face a re-election campaign and may have two contenders to watch in the upcoming Democratic primary in May: attorney and veteran Northeast Philadelphia district leader John Sabatina Sr., and Elizabeth Lowe, who works at GlaxoSmithKline, a multinational pharmaceutical company. Drives compliance issues. ,

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