Where to begin? Let’s start at the bitter end of September when news broke that there had been a not-local (as in NOT Radnor PD) law enforcement raid had occurred in Radnor Township. The target? Phil Ahr, newly minted as of this summer President of the Radnor Board of Commissioners.
News has swirled when he missed the regular meeting shortly after the raid and then and this past Monday, some commissioners had wanted Ahr to resign. But the Democrat commissioners (Nagle, Higgins, Schaeffer) blocked the efforts. I will admit that while they were speaking the truth about guilty until proven innocent, BUT this is the second scandal to rock Radnor Democrats with a Board of Commissioners president given the fact that in June former Commissioner and Board of Commissioners President Bill Spingler was found guilty by a Delaware County jury of “indecent assault on a person with a mental disability.” (His 100+ year old former mother-in-law.) Ironically, Mr. Spingler is to be sentenced or something tomorrow a lot of newscasters in Philadelphia were stating today after Phil Ahr turned himself in to police.
See NBC10 Philadelphia’s reporter Deanna Durante’s 6PM report on Mr. Ahr goes to court. Also see a pretty comprehensive article by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Main Line Media News.
It’s child porn and lots of it. It’s horrible. Truly horrible. Almost inconceivable.
Earlier this evening, Radnor Township itself held a press conference. I contacted the township and they provided me with what they had handed out except for the PDF of the court docket – I found that myself. Today was the preliminary arraignment.
Anyway, here it is and I will warn you it is truly disturbing:
So back to the three commissioners in Radnor who blocked a motion to have Ahr resign. Earlier this evening, they fell back behind the cloak of the Home Rule Charter of Radnor Township. So while they perhaps could not have made Ahr resign as of Monday, given the scandal their township and political party has endured in recent months, shouldn’t they have convinced him to resign? Or how about perhaps they should have NOT played politics at all and lived up to their oaths of office and convinced him to resign because they are supposed to look out for the best interests of the residents?
Once again, deeply troubling times for a township where I have many close friends….including those with children.
I am going to say, however, that no matter what your opinion is here, please allow law enforcement and those in the legal system do their jobs here. Please respect the terribly difficult jobs they have, especially with this case. Also respect the residents of Radnor Township who have to deal with this, especially the residents of Ward 7, Garrett Hill. Garrett Hill is a tight knit community that is suffering greatly. And pray for Phil Ahr’s family. He has now given them a terrible burden they will carry always.
Here’s a question for all of you: should local elected officials have to submit to comprehensive background checks including criminal in order to hold elected office?
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