Right now you probably think I’m a bit silly. Milton Street? For mayor? RUFKM?
Listen, I know you might not be able to process the brother of former mayor John Street, given the whole thing with the casket in Dillworth Plaza.
It’s not about that at all. I’ve written about this before, but I’ll give you a rehash: Philly mayors aren’t these all-powerful creatures you take them out to be. Most of the Nutter Administration gets its daily priorities set by 10 of the 17 members of City Council—the district council members who wield direct control over land use in their districts. That intersects a lot of municipal government, particularly L&I and Revenue as well as Parks & Rec. Philadelphia’s built environment has a much larger influence in your life than anything. Our mayor really has minimal control over it.
Since “mayors don’t matter”, who should be mayor then? Why not Milty? Most of you don’t remember this, but in 1979 when Milton Street became a PA senator, he was willing to dump machine politics lock, stock and barrel and switch to the GOP, which then gave the GOP control over the senate. Ever since this happened, local Dems have had a grudge against Milt.
Milton Street had a lot of fire in his belly back in the 1970s. I’m thinking it’s that kind of fire that will give Darrell Clarke a big headache and make him regret staying in his cushy Council President seat.
It’s also no secret that I’m not a fan of 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson… what with his wife Dawn Chavous have been campaigning for Williams and she was also serving on the board of the ill-fated Hardy Williams Academy Charter School which was doing so bad that the charter school dissolved itself before the SDP came in to do it for them. The kids were quietly moved into Mastery. Much of Kenyatta’s campaign donations have come from PACs representing charter school proponents. For fun, I’ve attached Kenyatta’s latest finance report where you can see who has been giving him money. Some interesting names there. Since Johnson has basically done nothing with his Council seat the entire time he’s been on it, we’re going with Ori Feibush for City Council.
Lastly… my favorite. Public school parent-activist Helen Gym announced that she is running for one of the newly-vacant City Council At-Large seats. Gym would be a great foil if Williams ever became mayor. And she would make April and May “hell month”–the time when City Council is busy putting together the budget and it’s usually the time when the school district sends over emissaries to beg for dollars.
You don’t have to take my word for it that she’s a great pick… just read everything she’s ever written at The Notebook.
Three candidates. All three are guaranteed to start an earthquake and give the political machine that operates this city a major case of diarrhea. Any one of the three making it in would be a huge blow to ‘The Machine’.
Consider it. The election isn’t that far away.Tags: Ori Feibush | Chaka Fattah | Helen Gym | Council President Darrell Clarke | Anthony Hardy Williams | T. Milton Street | John Street