January 27, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell, a close friend of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told the New York Times over the weekend that he might back his buddy if he runs for president as an independent. The caveat for Rendell, a longtime proponent of Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency: He would only back Bloomberg if U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Democratic nomination. On Monday, Rendell walked that back a bit while speaking with The Inquirer. "I like Bernie Sanders.
January 14, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday urged a Senate panel to abandon any effort to remove Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office, at least until the state Supreme Court decides whether to reinstate her law license, as she has requested. The panel is considering a recommendation that the full Senate oust Kane as the state's top law enforcement official because she does not have an active law license. Rendell the state would face a "chaotic" situation if the Senate were to remove Kane and the Supreme Court later reinstated her license.
January 14, 2016
ADD ED RENDELL, wearing sneakers, to the battles of Kathleen "Kalamity" Kane. The former guv, fellow Dem, and consummate political performer soft-walked to Kane's defense yesterday. Ah, but only on the issue of whether the Senate should oust the attorney general because the Supreme Court suspended her law license. Rendell testified under oath before a Senate committee that a constitutional provision that appears to provide for Kane's removal through Senate action isn't the way to go. "The proper remedy," said Ed, "is impeachment.
December 21, 2015
ISSUE | ED RENDELL What about Paris? In the wake of 196 countries acknowledging that we need to move away from fossil fuels as a source of energy, it is a bitter pill to read Ed Rendell praising the spoils of fracking in the Marcellus region ("Time is right to develop Phila. energy, container hub," Monday). The climate agreement reached in Paris on Dec. 12 is a much-needed landmark on the road to a sustainable future, but there is much work to be done, and we cannot afford to backslide.
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.