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Rizzo to Join GOP, Run Again for Mayor

November 12, 1986|Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Former Mayor Frank Rizzo resigned from his security job at the city-owned gas works today and said he plans to quit the Democratic Party to oppose Mayor W. Wilson Goode, the city's first black mayor, as a Republican.

Rizzo, 66, law-and-order mayor from 1972 to 1980, handed in a resignation letter to the Philadelphia Gas Works where he has been a $6,000-a-month consultant since September, 1984, while collecting his city pension.

"The city needs me," he told reporters after handing in his resignation.

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