Ed Rendell: AG Kathleen Kane Doesn’t Need Law License

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Ed Rendell testifies before the Pennsylvania Special Committee on Senate Address. (Screengrab via PCN)

In his experience, Ed Rendell says Kathleen Kane doesn’t need a law license to be Pennsylvania attorney general.

Rendell — Philadelphia’s district attorney for eight years before later becoming mayor of the city and governor of the state — testified before a state senate committee today in defense of Kane, the embattled AG who had her law license suspended last year. Today’s Pennsylvania Special Committee on Senate Address hearing was on the topic of whether that suspension disqualifies Kane from the office of attorney general. The committee will issue a report in 15 days; the full senate could vote then on a possible dismissal.

Rendell said that, when he was district attorney of Philadelphia, “at least 97 percent” of his job did not require a law license. He gave an example: “If council turned me down, I would go to Mayor Rizzo, and I would say, ‘Mayor, it’s a war out there.’ And he would pound his fists on the desk and I would get whatever I wanted. This did not require me to have a law license.” Read more »

Ed Rendell Wears Plastic Bag on Head After Eagles’ Loss

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Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has been a post-game Eagles analyst on Comcast SportsNet for 17 years now. (Really!) But he never seemed as embarrassed as he did yesterday, after the Eagles lost 45-17 to the Buccaneers.

Everyone was kind of angry and embarrassed. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis said “the whole thing was awful.” Mark Sanchez and Darren Sproles argued on the field after a fourth-quarter pick-six. A Birds 24/7 headlined summed it up: “The Eagles’ Humiliating Defeat.”

But while everyone was angry, no one went as far as Rendell. He wore a plastic bag on his head when Eagles Post Game Live came on after the game, and kept it on through a segment. Read more »

Is Ed Rendell Trolling Philly’s Democratic Machine?

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Former Gov. Ed Rendell is up to something. He’s one of the most popular Democrats in the city, and yet he keeps throwing his weight behind candidates who are not backed by Philadelphia’s Democratic Party.

One of his hand-picked hopefuls isn’t even registered as a Democrat. This week, Rendell endorsed Andrew Stober, an Independent candidate for City Council. Back during the primary campaign, Rendell supported Council candidates Allan Domb, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Paul Steinke, none of whom were endorsed by the Democratic City Committee. And while he didn’t officially endorse Doug Oliver — a long-shot mayoral candidate in the spring who didn’t get any love from the city’s party leaders — Rendell certainly boosted his profile by saying lots and lots of nice things about him. (Rendell eventually endorsed Jim Kenney, the Democratic mayoral nominee, but not until August.)

Is Rendell trolling the local Democratic Party? Or, to put it in less clickbait-y terms, is he trying to push for change in the party? What’s going on? Read more »

Rendell: Nutter Mishandled Papal Visit

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Good morning, Philadelphia. Here is what you need to know today.

• Ed Rendell says Mayor Nutter mishandled the papal visit.

You knew Ed Rendell wouldn’t keep his opinions to himself for long. Tuesday, he threw Mayor Nutter under the proverbial bus for his administration’s handling of papal visit preparations, criticizing everything from poor restaurant sales to the lockdown security. Nutter had previously blamed the media for depressing turnout for the visit.

They did things very, very well on the one hand. On the other hand, we’re starting to get tremendous blowback, and not just from reporters,” Rendell said of Nutter’s administration, talking to Rich Zeoli on WPHT. “The reporters just basically reported what the Secret Service and the Mayor and the Police Commissioner said. I don’t think they can be blamed in creating fear in people’s minds.” Read more »

Moyer Foundation Champions for Children Luncheon

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The Moyer Foundation’s Champions for Children Luncheon was held Tuesday at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. The room was packed with Phillies fans, friends and supporters of former Phillies player Jamie Moyer and David Montgomery the chairman, minority-owner, and former President of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The well-liked Montgomery looked great after battling cancer in recent years; he and his wife Lyn greeted old friends and family, some who had traveled cross-country to be there with them for the event. Jamie and Karen Moyer founded the Moyer Foundation which funds Camp Erin Philadelphia, a camp serving grieving children and teens, in partnership with UPENN’s Wissahickon Hospice, and Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, a partnership with the Penn Foundation, for kids of addicted parents.

Champions for Children Honorary Committee co-chairs were Dan Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross, Denis P. O’Brien, Exelon Utilities, Judith M. von Seldeneck, Diversified Search and Edward G. Rendell. Rendell said that he wishes there was a camp like Camp Erin when he was a young boy, as his father died when he was 14 and it was a very difficult period for his family. To have a place to go and be with other kids going through the same grieving process would have made life much easier.

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Rendell to Chair McGinty Senate Campaign

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Not that Joe Sestak needed additional clues he is not the favored candidate of the Democratic Party establishment in Pennsylvania, but: Former Gov. Ed Rendell just signed on to chair Katie McGinty‘s campaign for U.S. Senate.

McGinty was Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration.

“I am glad that Katie McGinty answered the calls from across Pennsylvania for her to enter the race for U.S. Senate,” Rendell said in a statement released by her campaign. “I encouraged Katie to run because she’s a problem solver who knows how to get things done. Middle class Pennsylvanians will have a Senator who will fight for good schools, good jobs, and affordable health care in Katie McGinty.” Read more »

Rendell: DNC to Feature Lots of Fiberglass Donkeys

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Next year’s Democratic National Convention will feature painted fiberglass donkeys displayed across the city, former Gov. Ed Rendell has told a Pennsylvania newspaper.

PennLive reports the donkey display will be like the CowParade that launched in Chicago more than a decade ago — only featuring lots and lots of fiberglass donkeys around the city. Read more »

The Brief: Is George Norcross Staking a Claim in Philly Politics?

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1. George Norcross lands the first post-win meeting with Jim Kenney.

The gistThe Next Mayor has a juicy little scoop: George Norcross, the political kingmaker of South Jersey, was the first person to meet privately with Jim Kenney after he won the Democratic mayoral primary last week. Lauren Hitt, Kenney’s campaign spokesman, deemphasized their discussion. “Jim met with a lot of people [that] night and he invited them all back into the staff room because it was the only way to have a real conversation with anyone, given the crowd outside,” she said. Read more »

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