McCord Loved by Inky, Bashed by Rendell

The Democratic primary is moving to its end game.

What a weekend for State Treasurer Rob McCord, eh? On the one hand, he was endorsed by the Inquirer in his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor:

While few major policy differences separate the four rivals for the Democratic nomination, McCord’s emphasis on robust education funding and natural-gas taxation shows an understanding of what’s important and achievable in Pennsylvania. He may not get the 10 percent drilling tax he has advocated, but his history shows he has the skills to get something out of what will likely remain a Republican legislature.

More than five years as Pennsylvania’s treasurer has given McCord highly relevant experience as an elected statewide official and government executive. He leads a department of nearly 400 employees with a budget of $36 million following significant reductions during his tenure. Moreover, the department’s role in managing more than $120 billion in public funds through the recession means the treasurer has deep knowledge of state finances, which should be one of the most urgent concerns of the next governor.

On the other hand, the winds still seem to be blowing the way of Dem frontrunner Tom Wolf. Exhibit A: Ed Rendell acting as a Wolf surrogate and criticizing a McCord ad.

Rob McCord’s campaign is running an ad attacking front-runner Tom Wolf with racially charged accusations. Rendell says this is exactly what’s wrong with politics today.

“This ad has no place,” he says. “Look, people hate politics. They hate politics for a lot of good reasons, but ads like this are one of the reasons they do.”




The advertisement attacks Wolf for his ties with an alleged racist, and Rendell says ads like that are a black eye for politics and keep voters at home on election day.

So a mixed weekend. Who would you want on your side most? The Inquirer or Ed Rendell?

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  • FactcheckGuy

    McCord’s wife Leigh was a former Inquirer writer, so its no surprise their ties with McCord are strong. But, a newspaper endorsement is less “news” than a very popular former governor and stalwart of the Democrat machine condemning your campaign practices. Rendell will hurt McCord more than Inky will help him. And…rightfully so. The pandering McCord has done to win votes from the African American community is shameful. His attack ad bringing racism into the discussion is the low and desperate act of a 3rd place candidate whining for attention. Equally distasteful is the way McCord “parades” his African American wife in front of the camera to bolster his racial sensitivity cred. Fortunately, the African American community is smart and savvy enough to see through this transparent pandering. It is actually demeaning of McCord to believe he can capture their vote based on his questionable bio rather than a frank discussion of the issues. Time for McCord to go to bed. The adults need to talk.

  • Northeaster

    If Wolf was a Republican Rendell would be talking about how there are questions that need answering.