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Old Philly Politics: The Street-Brady Switcheroo
This story should be used as a case study for how insular and stifling Philadelphia politics can be:
If U.S. Rep. Bob Brady is a congressman beginning to sound like a mayor, is Mayor Street beginning to sound like a congressman?
Street has said he'd consider running for Congress after leaving office in 2008 if a seat is open, and at a Democratic fundraiser yesterday, Street stressed national Democratic themes.
"For the first time in my 62 years, I worry about the direction of this country," Street said, addressing the group.
Caetanus already expressed caution about Brady running, pointing to the insular nature in which he ran the party. For the most part, I agree. What has Bob Brady done to show he will be a good mayor? What stands has he taken? What policies has he supported?
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I have trouble right now seeing Chaka Fattah as a Mayor because to me, as a Philly Congressman, you have one of the less controversial jobs in the world, especially as a member of the minority party. But, at least Fattah has made some noise about education.
What has Bob Brady done, as Congressman or Chairman of the party that makes you think he stands for the right things? I really don't want to hear anything about a CEO Mayor, just like I didn't want to hear anything about a CEO President. I want to know what you stand for, why, and how you are going to implement it. I am not saying I would definitely not vote for Bob Brady. But I am saying we should ask for a lot more than that Carol Campbell and Marty Weinberg, not exactly pillars of forward thinking, are vouching for him.
As for Street running for Congress... I find it especially fitting that he would be potentially switching jobs with Brady. How else to show how insular the leaders of our City are than to have the Mayor and the Chairman of the party simply make a backroom deal to make the switch. I have no doubt that Street would be a loyal Democratic vote in the Congress, and its not like he doesn't know how to be a legislator. But, a 64 year-old freshman Congressman? Boy, that will be effective. You get the sense that this will be his retirement job.
I hope that we can be a little more ambitious when we think about who will represent us in the House for the next 20 years.