According to the Philadelphia Inquirer this week, some residents of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania are either very forgiving or else have very low expectations of people in public office. Republican Mayor James Schiliro is insisting on finishing the rest of his term. But while the city may be mixed, one group has quickly and quietly disassociated themselves from the mayor.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is one of Michael Bloomberg’s propaganda and lobbying groups. They say, “The time to demand action is now.” If you go back in time to earlier versions of their website, you will find Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania listed as one of the coalition’s members. But if you look at the current website, Marcus Hook is missing. Mayor Schiliro was one of the few Republican mayors in that organization. He is also now facing charges relating to a bizarre story of a gun crime he committed.
Schiliro’s lawyer insists they will fight the charges, but they have not challenged most of the story. Allegedly, Schiliro had a police officer use a police vehicle to go find a young man, a twenty-year-old friend who considered the mayor his mentor, and deliver him to the mayor’s private home one evening. The young man found Schiliro quite inebriated and, though the man was under the legal age, he gave him two or more glasses of wine and then asked repeatedly to perform oral sex on the youth.
According to the young man, when he repeatedly refused, the mayor got three of his eight handguns out and began waving them about, telling the younger man that he was a hostage. At one point Schiliro aimed a gun at himself and threatened suicide. At another point in the evening the young man claims he actually fired one of the handguns inside the house. Police later found a bullet in the wall that matched one of the Mayor’s nine millimeter pistols.
As a local editorial recounts,
“Finally he was able to leave and walked home, where he told his mother about the ordeal. Schiliro and his attorney, Michael Malloy, have basically conceded that account (except for the sexual proposition). They have said the mayor sold the g