George X. Schwartz, 95, Phila. councilman
By George Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writer
George X. Schwartz, 95, former president of City Council whose political career ended in an Abscam extortion and conspiracy conviction in 1980, died yesterday.
Mr. Schwartz was one of the dominant players in city politics for more than 20 years, wielding tremendous power and influence as both a private attorney and city councilman and ward leader.
But he was one of more than a half-dozen local officials caught in the FBI Abscam sting, one of the more controversial political corruption investigations in the nation's history.
George X. Schwartz, 95, Phila. councilman | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/27/2010
Many of you did not live in Philly when this went down, Abscam was Philadelphia's. last good shot at good government.