December 14, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Saturday challenged Philadelphia's business and political elite to contribute personally to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's $60 million goal of providing universal prekindergarten throughout the city. Speaking at the main gala of the annual Pennsylvania Society weekend, he made a broad appeal to the well-heeled crowd, saying that poverty remained a stubborn problem throughout Pennsylvania in spite of the renaissance enjoyed in parts of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
December 10, 2015 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell waited for years - and a big audience - to spill his secret about City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. In front of more than 1,100 people Tuesday night in the Convention Center, Rendell described giving each of the 10 Council members who represent districts $1 million per year for community projects when he was mayor in the 1990s. Tasco persistently pitched strong projects and received more than $1 million, Rendell said. "Marian was savvy enough to never bring in schlock or things she needed for political reasons," Rendell said.
October 31, 2015 |
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. opened his defense in his federal fraud trial Thursday just like he shops for his clothes: With an emphasis on splashy brand names. Former Gov. Ed Rendell was the first witness called to testify on Fattah's behalf. And in his gravelly rasp, he told jurors he hired the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) to shoot photos for his 2002 gubernatorial campaign. He was, he testified, entirely satisfied with the work. "You were a hard worker," Rendell said to Fattah, who is representing himself.
October 30, 2015 |
THE FIRST DEFENSE witness Chaka Fattah Jr. called to the stand yesterday in his federal trial on bank and wire fraud was former Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell was on the stand for fewer than 10 minutes. He said his campaign hired Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., as a photography consultant starting in January 2002. "You were a hard worker who took excellent photographs," Rendell said. Fattah asked if Rendell was satisfied with his work, and Rendell replied: "Absolutely.
October 30, 2015 |
COLIN KAEPERNICK is trending on several fronts. Even the Guv is weighing in. Ed Rendell, the football-crazy politico who writes a column for the Daily News' weekend edition, told Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 that the Eagles should consider trading for Kaepernick. "One thing is clear, Sam Bradford is not, in my judgment, the quarterback of the future for the Eagles," Rendell said. "What I would like to see us get at the end of the year, I'm told that San Francisco is going to be looking to trade Kaepernick, and I think, in Chip Kelly's system, Kaepernick could be the perfect quarterback because he can run. " The 49ers' quarterback reportedly has been labeled a loner for constantly wearing his headphones in the locker room.
October 17, 2015 |
A couple of hundred Hillary Clinton supporters, already high off her debate performance the other night, gathered at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum Thursday to hear her husband fan their fervor and rally them to reach for their checkbooks. Bill Clinton is good at that. Six black SUVs heralded the former president's arrival at the museum's rear entrance. And there he was, in a fitted blue suit, his iconic shock of white hair highlighted by the afternoon sun. He smiled, waved, and disappeared into the building to greet some 200 buttoned-up, high-powered lawyers and politicos, who later emerged from the closed-to-the-press campaign fund-raiser almost giddy.
October 16, 2015 |
JEROME Whyatt Mondesire was known for his outspoken, unapologetic style as a political and community activist. According to former Gov. Ed Rendell, he was best described by the words from a Sade song. "I saw this tremendous smooth operator," Rendell said yesterday during a "Celebration of Life" service for Mondesire at Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, where hundreds gathered to remember the man better known as Jerry. Mondesire died Oct. 4 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
August 12, 2015 |
Democrat Katie McGinty rolled out some heavy artillery in her Senate bid Monday, announcing that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell would serve as campaign chairman. Rendell, who also was mayor of Philadelphia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, could provide needed firepower, particularly in fund-raising, as McGinty takes on former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral, in the 2016 primary. "I encouraged Katie to run because she's a problem-solver who knows how to get things done," Rendell said in a statement.
July 31, 2015 |
During his years as Ed Rendell's deputy mayor, Herbert Vederman refused to collect a city paycheck, living instead off the millions he made from his family's retail clothing empire. But recently, federal prosecutors say, he benefited from his government connections in other ways - by funneling cash to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in return for official favors from the Philadelphia Democratic congressman. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Fattah pressed tirelessly to get Vederman a federal post, going so far as to hand-deliver a letter to President Obama in fall 2010 asking him to make Vederman a U.S. ambassador.