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John Street Eyes Independent Run Against Nutter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The head of the Democratic party in Philadelphia says John Street, the former mayor, is “serious” about running against Mayor Nutter as an Independent in the November 8th general election.

US Rep. Bob Brady, the longtime leader of the Democratic City Committee, says John Street (above) — a two-term Democratic mayor who switched his party registration to Independent last month — paid a courtesy call recently to let him know that it was “no joke,” in Brady’s words.

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(US Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa. Photo provided)

“He’s going to make a decision throughout the summer,” Brady (right) told KYW Newsradio.  “He has until August to file petitions.”

Did Street ask for Brady’s support?

“He didn’t ask me what I thought, he didn’t ask me for my support,” Brady said.

There has been a lot of friction between John Street and Michael Nutter over the years, and Mayor Nutter just defeated Street’s older brother, Milton, in this past week’s primary, by a margin of 76 percent to 24 percent (see related story).

Street switched from Democrat to Independent in mid-April, on the deadline for candidates who want to make an independent run in November.

Brady says it would sure make for one confusing general election:

“But hey, we’re Democrats — our primaries are always confusing.”

Critics say the recent primary showed Mayor Nutter’s support was softest among many of Philadelphia’s poorer African-American neighborhoods, perhaps giving John Street the indication he needed to move forward with a mayoral run.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Jay

    Good help Philadelphia if any of the Street family make it back into the mayors office.

  • Emmanuel Bussie

    I ask you my fellow Philadelphians lower your swords and elevate your strategies and willingness to cooperate. Make fewer attacks and more ideas, fewer name calling and more negotiation. This is what our children, our city, and our nation needs!

    We are Philadelphians and we should be working together to lead this region, we have tackled bigger problems, we can surely handle this. Then we can grow our economy create employment opportunities to lower taxes. But only if we accept our part in this mess, be adults, and cooperate. Again Philly we CAN DO THIS

    Emmanuel Bussie

  • Frank Graff

    A win at any cost? Bad business.

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  • george

    the comedy just never stops here… you have to love this theater… milton never gives up… that’s right, i said milton….

  • Chilli Dog

    Hey John, we are all VERY aware of what happens on your “watch”, regardless of what political job you’ve help.

    Do us ALL a favor and JUST GO AWAY ALREADY!!!!

    Maybe you and Milty can get a hotdog cart gig going, but PLEASE just go away!!!

  • Lex Luthor

    There goes the city again. If that criminal is elected we are all doomed!

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