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Mayor Nutter vs. Milton Street...76%-24%: Why????
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 05/19/11 11:12 am | updated: 05/19/11 11:12 am
Mayor Nutter captured the democratic nomination Tuesday with 76% of the vote. But there's another story looming. 24% of the voters backed T. Milton Street, a recent convict who owes nearly $800,000 in taxes.

Mayor Nutter sees it as a reflection of an electorate angry with a shortage of jobs and rising costs, a ripple effect of the national economic crunch. Others are weighing in with their opinions, including John F. Street and W. Wilson Goode Sr.

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--------------------------------------------------Milton Street's younger brother and Nutter's Democratic predecessor in office has been questioning Nutter's leadership on many issues, including education, and said the voter support his brother had received was "not discouraging" as he weighed challenging Nutter in the fall election.

Now a registered independent, John Street said in an e-mail Wednesday that he would conduct "an options review" before making any decision.

"I don't think that you should dismiss the Street name as if it does not mean anything and dismiss Milton as if he does not mean anything," said W. Wilson Goode Sr., mayor from 1984 to 1992.

Noting Milton Street's decades-long political activism and election to the state House and Senate, Goode said, "That would be a mistake and gross disrespect to the people who supported him and to his contributions."

"The mayor has an opportunity to reach out and see why 24 percent of the voters decided to go with an individual who, although he has name recognition, just came out of prison and owes taxes and didn't have a dollar in his bank account," former at-large City Councilman Juan Ramos said.

"If you are the mayor and his people, you have to wonder: Where is the disconnect? What am I not doing?" Philadelphia political consultant Larry Ceisler said. "If you are going to govern effectively in a city that is plurality African American and you are an African American mayor, you have to find out why you are not pleasing a particular segment."

"We know when the nation's finances are tough, and when the city's and state's finances are tough, that it often hits African Americans, who are a vulnerable population, harder than other populations," Sheila Simmons, his campaign spokeswoman, said. "I think that is part of what was reflected" in the election.
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