Damon K. Roberts withdrew his financial disclosure form challenge against Council President Anna Verna at the 11th hour last Friday. Verna's attorney gave him a supplementary form with the same time stamp as her original filing which included the information in question, including her position on several boards.
In a posting on Young Philly Politics this weekend, Roberts details what appears to be his first meeting with his May 15 opponent, in her Council office:
I went to speak to the Council President to explain to her the situation, why I had filed suit and why I had withdrawn it. She agreed to see me right away. I explained to her it was nothing personal. She said that she could have challenged my petitions, but didn't. I told her there was nothing to challenge. She said she didn't think I had a shot for now. She said that she wasn't going anywhere and that I might be a good choice for the future. "Now's just not the time," she said. "We'll see", I replied. I wished her the best and excused myself. Inwardly, I was pissed that the first time the Council President was really acknowledging me was with me giving a groveling and unnecessary explanation.