Sunday, May 24, 2015

Milton Street hawking buttons at Democratic Convention

You can say a lot of things about former state Sen. Milton Street Sr. -- he went to federal prison for not filing taxes, he owes more than a million in back taxes to the feds, New Jersey and Philadelphia -- but you can't say the man doesn't hustle for a living.

Milton Street hawking buttons at Democratic Convention

Milton Street sells campaign buttons at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Milton Street sells campaign buttons at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

You can say a lot of things about former state Sen. Milton Street Sr. -- he went to federal prison for not filing taxes, he owes more than a million in back taxes to the feds, New Jersey and Philadelphia -- but you can't say the man doesn't hustle for a living.

City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. just tweeted a picture of Street selling buttons outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week.  Jones calls Street a "friend and brother, taking advantage of an entrepreneurial opportunity."

Street, you may recall, ran against Mayor Nutter in last year's Democratic Primary Election, taking one out of every four votes.   Street was sentenced in 2008 to 30 months in federal prison for convictions on misdemeanor charges of not filing taxes.  He was released to a halfway house in June 2010 and then supervised release in November 2010.  He was still on federal probation when he entered the mayor's race in February, 2011.

Street also made an aborted run for the 197th state House seat in North Philadelphia earlier this year.  He dropped out of that race to run in a special election for the seat and lost.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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