Turns out Ed Rendell doesn’t much like Philly’s chances to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention:
“The money makes New York the favorite,” Rendell said in an interview with AM 970 on Sunday morning. He cited the large amounts of money within the city, and previous money troubles with the 2012 convention as the reasons why Brooklyn could be the 2016 host.
According to the ex-Gov, the Democrats were left with $25 million in payments for the 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, after they failed to raise enough cash. Rendell says the Democrats do not want to make the same mistake again.
“The DNC is bound and determined not to have a debt, and they believe that the…surest city to raise the money necessary is New York,” Rendell said. “And who can quarrel with them, when one out of every 25 people in New York is a millionaire?”
Of course, Rendell's motives may be suspect: Yes, he was the mayor of Philly and governor of Pennsylvania. But who knows? Maybe he's coveting the top spot in New York after all.*
* Note: We're joking.