Milton Street Courts Local Dems In His Longshot Mayoral Bid

Milton Street is making the rounds in his long-shot bid for mayor – just don’t ask him if his brother will be coming along.

The former state senator – released from prison in November after serving 26 months for failing to file federal tax returns for three years – stopped in at Democratic City Committee headquarters tonight as the party met with primary candidates for citywide offices.

“I already know I’m beginning to engage the public,” said Street, 71, after he spoke with the local Democratic party’s policy committee at their office on Broad and Walnut streets.

But asked if he stood a chance at the party’s endorsement, Street laughed. “No,” he said. “But you come here to open some doors.”

Party Chairman and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady was polite about Street, who was behind closed doors with the group for more than ten minutes. “He did well,” Brady said. “He gave us a lot of facts and statistics.”

Brady said no vote had been taken yet. But the party is all but certain to back Mayor Nutter, who met with the group before Street showed up.

Street talked enthusiastically about his plans for job creation and crime prevention. But asked if his brother, former Mayor John Street, will join him on the trail, he got testy.

“Why would you ask me about that?” he said. “You should ask him. I am not going to say anything about him that he can’t say for himself.”

Milton Street's last shot at elected office came in 2007, when he finished 17th out of 19 candidates in a failed Democratic primary bid for a City Council at-large seat. He got 10,468 votes.

During that campaign, Street carted a coffin to City Hall to dramatize the number of homicides in Philadelphia. With organ music playing, Street draped himself over the coffin while singing the hymn, "If I Can Help Somebody."

Thus far in this campaign, we haven’t heard Street sing.