June 24, 2016 |
AT A TIME when bipartisan cooperation is needed more than ever, I was disappointed to see former Gov. Ed Rendell suddenly attack Sen. Pat Toomey in these pages with partisan talking points and misleading statements. For a long time, Rendell has praised Toomey as one of the senators who has done the most to encourage bipartisan gun safety reform in Washington. Rendell described Toomey as "a man of uncommon decency and a man who wants the process to work" after his bipartisan efforts with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to strengthen gun background checks in 2013.
June 17, 2016 |
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
June 17, 2016 |
DEAR PAT, You know that we have had a good working relationship, and I believe you to be a decent and honorable man. In fact, you have used that quote in a campaign commercial. Now is the time for you to demonstrate that decency in what might take a strong dose of political courage, as well. I am sure you were as shocked and disgusted as we all were when you heard about the carnage that occurred in Orlando, Fla., in the early hours of Sunday morning. You probably watched, as I did, a news conference on Tuesday morning, when a governor, mayor, police chief, sheriff and FBI supervisor all said what a great job the first responders, police and medical personnel did. They all went on to say how the community has banded together in common grief with unprecedented unity.
June 17, 2016
YOU MIGHT HAVE heard that the Philadelphia committee hosting the Democratic National Convention, and in charge of fund-raising, is refusing to say who is funding the convention. Transparency isn't their thing. The committee, named PHL 2016, went as far as calling its fund-raising list a "trade secret. " Which is - well, the only word that comes to mind is hilarious . Former Gov. Ed Rendell , who is chairman of the DNC host committee, has defended the decision to withhold donor names before the convention next month.
June 12, 2016 |
THESE DAYS, it's fair to say things are starting to look up for our Philly sports teams. This week, the Phillies drafted a plethora of potential explosive talent, especially outfielder Mickey Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick, who could turn out to be the next Andrew McCutchen. He appears to be able to do it all, and his power numbers will only increase as he gets older. The Eagles boldly moved up to grab the second pick in the NFL draft and took Carson Wentz, who appears to be a prototype of a Super Bowl quarterback.
June 11, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell thinks U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who some Democrats had hoped would run for president, is not even qualified to be Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president. Speaking on Rich Zeoli's show on 1210 WPHT on Wednesday, Rendell said Warren is "not in any way, shape, or form ready to be commander-in-chief. " Rendell later called back to temper his assessment. "I didn't want to leave it hanging out there about Elizabeth Warren," he said, adding that he liked her. "Elizabeth Warren's problem would be the same problem I'd have.
June 10, 2016
FORMER GOV. Rendell took to the witness stand the other day in the trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah to chastise federal prosecutors for criminalizing friendship and normal political activity. Rendell was testifying on behalf of an old friend, Herbert Vederman, who stands accused of bribing Fattah, who also is close to Vederman personally. Among the "gifts" federal prosecutors said the wealthy Vederman gave to the congressman was $18,000 for what prosecutors say was a sham sale of a Porsche belonging to Fattah's wife, plus payments to help paid debts owed by his son, Chip Fattah, and to help the Fattah family's au pair pay college tuition.
June 10, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday decried what he called "cynical" and "overreaching" prosecution in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial, moments after testifying as a defense witness for a friend, fund-raiser, and former deputy mayor who is also charged in the case. Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Rendell accused Justice Department lawyers of too often casting innocent friendships and political deal-making in a sinister light. He said prosecutors had twisted the truth in an effort to convict Herbert Vederman, his former deputy, who is accused of paying bribes to Fattah.
May 30, 2016 |
Fund-raising for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has been a tougher slog this year than in the past, but convention host committee chair Ed Rendell says he expects to meet the party's financial targets by the time the convention opens two months from now. The party plans to raise some $64 million for the conclave, which will run July 25-28. Rendell said Saturday the party was $9 million to $10 million short of that goal now. Rendell attributed the difficulty to congressional budget cuts - lawmakers once appropriated $18 million each to the Republican and Democratic conventions, but no more - and a drop in corporate giving.
May 29, 2016 |
IF YOU READ this column, you probably know that I grew up in New York, rooted for the baseball Giants and hated the New York Yankees (as most Giants and Dodgers fans did). So when my beloved Giants left for San Francisco in 1958, I decided to root for the American League team that had the best chance to beat the Yankees. That turned out to be the Chicago White Sox. I have been a White Sox fan since, (and, of course, a Phillies fan in the NL). My adopted team rewarded me by winning the AL pennant in 1959, the first year I rooted for them.