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.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
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.READ MORE: Flyers Drop 9th Straight Game After Blowing Late Third-Period Lead To Islanders
“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.MORE NEWS: 'Water Was Completely Above The Ceiling': Queen Village Businesses Still Struggling After July Water Main Break
Jones concedes it is the most media attention he’s received since declaring his candidacy.