When corrupt career politician Dwight Evans unseated corrupt career politician Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District, we stood up and said plainly: A new corrupt face replacing an old one does not serve the voters in the district. Now, the clown-car continues to trundle down the road to November 8th, as disgraced also-ran Milton Street threw his hat into the ring as an independent yesterday.
“It’s notable that Milton Street dismissed our Republican candidate, James Jones, as ‘not political,’” said Joe DeFelice, Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party. “Might we suggest that being ‘not political’ is an asset in a city where we have multiple elected officials on trial for corruption charges, a state Attorney General who has turned her office into a suicide bunker, and a woman running to represent us in the Senate who lies flagrantly on the stump, whether it’s about her history as a lobbyist or whether her siblings went to college before her.”
As a reminder, Dwight Evans has been criticized for funneling tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into his Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC), which improperly used this taxpayer money and now owes the city hundreds of thousands. He was slammed by an independent city report in 2011 for deploying “Godfather”-like tactics to bully, intimidate and blackmail school officials on behalf of organizations run by cronies – actions that “compromised” the School District’s ability to “make decisions according to a fair process.” If the contractor didn’t surrender, Evans assured them, he would “withhold community support to insure the high school’s failure”. Even more recently, Evans has been implicated in the pay-to-play corruption scandal that has ensnared former Ed Rendell chief of staff John Estey, who now faces 20 years in prison for felony wire fraud.
Street, of course, is spoken for, having spent 30 months in a federal prison for tax evasion. In addition, he’s unlikely to be eligible to run, as he would have had to have been registered as an Independent ahead of the filing date.
James Jones, a small businessman and veteran of multiple foreign wars, stands head and shoulders above all the career politicians vying to turn the 2nd Congressional District into their personal fiefdoms. Restore accountability to the office and pull the lever for Republican James Jones this November.