Milton Street dropped out of the mayors race this afternoon, admitting that he had no chance to win. Instead, he'll run as an at-large Council candidate.
"No 1, I can't win mayor," he said as he was walking through City Hall to complete filing petitions to run in the primary. "With four candidates in there you're not going to win. No. 2, to file the petitions and after May 15 have very little chance of your voice being heard again...doesn't make good sense."
Street said that he couldn't compete against the power of Tom Knox's TV advertising, even though it was Milton who spent the last week on a barrelling press tour, including multiple TV interviews and a rally last Thursday.
"I turn on my TV and all I see is Knox, Knox, Knox, Knox, Knox. The guy's a mutli-millionaire. You hear Knox, Knox, Knox, Knox, Knox, Knox, you're not going to beat him."
Street said his run probably would have hurt Chaka Fattah the most. Now, if he gets on the ballot, he could be hurting his nephew, Sharif Street, who is among 21 Democrats running for at-large.
As to Milton Street's chance of getting on the ballot, a quick look at his nominating petitions raise some serious questions for the campaign. Street told election officials he has "at least 1,000" legitimate signatures that he confirmed personally.