Monday, February 19, 2007

Reasons I Miss My Hometown... Okay, Probably Not

It's good to see politics haven't changed back in Philly...
T. Milton Street Sr., who announced last week he's running for mayor of Philadelphia, was locked up this morning in South Jersey on traffic warrants.

Moorestown police officers recognized him as he left the 7-Eleven convenience store in the township and took him into custody on traffic court warrants and contempt charges, police said.

Street, 67, older brother of Philadelphia Mayor John Street, was unable to post $3,250 bail at the police station. Officers transported him to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, where he has been incarcerated since shortly after 10 a.m.

Street was arrested on warrants charging traffic violations in Moorestown and Pennsauken, and contempt for ignoring the traffic charges, said Moorestown Police Lt. Howard Mann.

"He was alone as he came out of the 7-Eleven," Mann said. "I guess he was getting coffee - and coincidentally the officers saw him and made the arrest," said Mann. "The officers said he was cooperative."

Street told police his address is the 1700 block of Anchor Street in Philadelphia. The arrest warrants give the address of a home in Moorestown on New Albany Road that he has listed on other legal filings, including bankruptcy. There is a residency requirement for mayoral candidates in Philadelphia.

In December, Street was arrested by FBI at his Moorestown address after he was indicted on federal corruption and tax charges.
Maybe I'm just being picky, but I'd prefer not to have a mayor who's under indictment and can't pay his parking tickets (even Milton Street's brother has thus far avoided indictment). Then again, maybe my standards are too high. Of course, my real problem with Street is that he actually voluntarily crossed the river and entered New Jersey for a purpose other than visiting the shore or gambling in Atlantic City. That, by itself, shows an appalling lack of judgment. Of course, that probably is a prerequisite to be mayor in Philly.


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