Experienced Democratic operatives today are scrutinizing Kim Velez's petitions, hoping to substantiate the apparent bluff employed by Attorney Tim Brennan, denying Velez's rights as a candidate. The effort is intense enough that they're triangulating the petition signatures, in regard to her residence. The desperate insinuation is why aren't the signatures from the neighborhood in which she claims to live? There are no rules about where candidates must collect signatures. There are, however, ethic codes for lawyers. Ms. Velez, by every measure, withdrew as a candidate under duress. I invite Tim Brennan to comment on whose regard he called Ms. Velez. One must also ask why Brennan's client didn't file a conventional challenge to any signatures with the chief clerk of voter registration? Hopefully, the democratic process will be restored quickly, and Ms. Velez will be reinstated as a candidate.
UPDATE: Emily Opilo, of The Morning Call, has published a report on the Velez situation. Brennan appears, in my opinion, evasive in his answers. Mr. Tim Benyo, Chief Clerk, concedes that the withdraw occurred in an unusual fashion. He appears to not have gone out of his way to consul or question Ms. Velez, despite the unusualness. Benyo rejected the water referendum ballot petition last month on a technicality, but doesn't question Velez's reasons. Apparently, the machine picks their clerks well.