By Pat Loeb

by Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — History and math suggest that the democratic candidate for former congressman Chakka Fattah’s seat is a shoe-in for election. But the republican got a boost today from an unlikely source.

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The colorful former state senator Milton Street had made it a three-way race, declaring his candidacy as an independent last month, but he summoned reporters to a parking lot in North Philadelphia for this poser:

“Is Milton Street running for congress?” Street teased, waiting a full five seconds before answering his own question: no, he’s supporting republican James Jones.

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“A lot of people don’t know him but he deserves to be the congressman,” said Street.

Street says he’s going to be the architect of Jones’ campaign and generate excitement with a violence prevention program that will generate 5,000 jobs.

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Jones concedes it is the most media attention he’s received since declaring his candidacy.