November 5, 2002 |
THE Daily News is not the only media outlet assuming that Ed Rendell will win today's gubernatorial race, although it was the only one to say so out loud, which should surprise no one. Two weeks ago, I spoke with a reporter from the nation's leading political magazine. Its upcoming cover story will be on the new governors elected this week. Apparently, this election may yield the biggest crop of new state chief executives in memory. The story revolves around Ed Rendell, because everyone assumes he'll win, and because he's expected to be the best-known of the new governors.
October 30, 2006
WHEN ED RENDELL took office as only the sixth Democratic governor in Pennsylvania in 100 years, he surely wasn't expecting his path to be strewn with roses. Republicans dominated the Legislature, and they rarely show a soft spot for Philadelphia. Still, it was clear Rendell wasn't prepared for the bruising battle over his first budget. When the budget finally passed after a grinding nine-month standoff, it gave Rendell only a little of the education spending he wanted, and none of the economic stimulus or property-tax relief he had campaigned on. The state deficit was then $2 billion.
April 19, 2002
KATE Michelman and Leslie Anastasio (OpEd, April 9) are right on Ed Rendell's being the only choice for those who support the rights granted to women under Roe vs. Wade. A woman's right to choose hinges on the precarious 5-4 bloc in the U.S. Supreme Court. Even if that bloc remains intact, who's to say that our conservative state legislature will not attempt to pass further restrictions? Arlene Lee, Holmes, Pa. It is unusual in a primary for Democrats to have such a stark contrast in candidates as Bob Casey Jr. vs. Ed Rendell this year.
May 2, 2002
AFTER SEVEN YEARS of Tom Ridge and one of Mark Schweiker - and the Republican philosophy of the less government the better - where does the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stand? Right near the bottom in chart after chart comparing the commonwealth to other big states in the vital areas of jobs, population growth and education. Come the general election in November, Pennsylvania needs at least one gubernatorial candidate who will provide bold, visionary leadership. Someone who sees Pennsylvania not only for what it is, but for what it can be. In the Democratic primary for governor, only one candidate fills the bill: Ed Rendell.
May 21, 1987 |
The dreary day after found Edward G. Rendell back in his shabby campaign office, littered with half-empty jugs of white wine, paper cups and tattered Rendell-for-Mayor posters, fielding phone calls and pronouncing the battle well fought. He was discouraged, disappointed, tired, drained, but not, he said, bitter or regretful. "We ran a good campaign, a great campaign, and I wouldn't have done anything differently," Rendell said yesterday. "I don't think that much went wrong.
May 28, 1999 |
In little more than seven months, the most effective big-city mayor in America will step down. I ask Ed Rendell and his well-heeled supporters to pave the way for him to take on a more daunting challenge than he confronted eight years ago. Rendell should become point man in a nationwide campaign to enact the strictest gun-control legislation in the free world. Let the movers and shakers of Philadelphia who have contributed tens of millions of dollars to Rendell's campaigns step up one more time and put up the seed money to fund an organization whose goal is to disarm America.
September 23, 2013 |
Those were the days. In this autumn of Philadelphia's discontent, with the schools crippled, a mayor who seems more technocrat than visionary, and a ho-hum field of possible successors, the city turns its lonely eyes to . . . Ed Rendell. A few business and opinion leaders have been asking: wouldn't it be great if Rendell were to run in 2015 for mayor of Philadelphia, the job he held from 1991 to 2000? Back then, Big Things got done. The city was rescued from the brink. Public pools reopened.
May 3, 1987 |
Ed Rendell, the former district attorney who wants to be the next mayor of this woebegone city, keeps saying that nobody cares anymore, that nothing works in Philadelphia, that people have lost faith in City Hall. He said this several times during the televised debate with Wilson Goode, and he said it a half dozen times on the campaign hustings one evening last week. He said it so many times that I think he might really believe it - and not without good reason. He started out a night of campaign appearances the other evening at Messiah Lutheran Church, at Broad and Roosevelt Boulevard.
December 26, 2002
SUBJECT: The Sam Katz candidacy. It is clear that the city regressed significantly after the era of Ed Rendell. It must have broken his heart to throw support to John Street knowing that he didn't have the stuff to sustain the Rendell momentum. Street sent a clear message in his opposition to tax cuts and his handling of the Convention Center union mess that he is merely a caretaker and not the visionary Philly needs to continue what Rendell started. Had it been Street rather than Rendell facing financial crisis, Philadelphia would certainly have been bankrupt by now. Even though Rendell temporarily staved off the demise of Philly, a second Street term could accelerate the regression begun in his first term.
November 8, 2002 |
HE WAS A pretty good mayor, and he'll probably be a pretty good governor - but Ed Rendell does not walk on water. Convinced that many, if not most, of the world's ills are based on unrealistic expectations, I think it's necessary to remind Pennsylvanians that some problems are beyond even a governor's powers, and I don't mean just natural disasters. The economy, for example, depends on many variables. There's no way that our state, no matter how capable its governor is, can avoid reflecting the global fluctuations that determine hard times or recovery.