Rendell: Disband Clinton Foundation (If Hillary Wins)

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Ed Rendell has been an enjoyable sideshow this campaign season: He’s essentially retired from politics — he’s not going to run for anything again — so he’s pretty much allowed to say whatever he wants. He can go off message. He can say “there are some things that Donald Trump talks about that do have a germ of reason or a germ of truth,” or mention on a radio show the FBI’s findings have damaged Clinton, or he can tell Buzzfeed the Democrats are $10 million short for the DNC. Rendell has commented several times to Buzzfeed, in fact! He is the world’s oldest millennial.

Today, Rendell is talking to the New York Daily News about the Clinton Foundation. Read more »

Air Force One (Replica) Touches Down in Philly, Causes Traffic Jam

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The Air Force One replica arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Monday. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

If you saw Air Force One rolling down the Schuylkill Expressway this morning, you weren’t hallucinating. That really was a replica of the fuselage of the president’s jet coming down I-76 westbound and into Center City this morning.

So many people saw the fuselage, according to owner Jim Warlick, that it caused a gaper delay on the Schuylkill leaving the city today. “They said it caused a traffic jam this morning,” Warlick said. “People leaving the city saw it coming in and were slowing down and taking pictures.” As if Sam Clover doesn’t have enough to report already.

The fuselage, a replica of the Air Force One jet used between presidents Kennedy and Reagan, will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center next week for the Democratic National Convention. Warlick, who runs American Presidential Experience, is also bringing a replica of the Oval Office and a limo Kennedy rode in before being shot and killed in 1963.

The displays are part of PoliticalFest, a celebration of U.S. political history taking place during the DNC next week. Today, Ed Rendell stumped for the seven-site event again. Read more »

Ed Rendell: DNC Is Almost $10 Million Short on Funding

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When the Democrats chose Philadelphia to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention last year, it was not a surprise. The New York Times reported Philly was seen as the frontrunner throughout the process in part because “it had the individual and corporate backing to fund a convention.”

There are now less than two months to go before the DNC. And the Democrats are having some problems getting funding. Buzzfeed talked to Ed Rendell last week, who said the they are about $9.5 million short in funding the convention. Read more »

Ed Rendell: Sorry About that “Ugly Women” Comment

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Yesterday we told you about how Ed Rendell put his foot in his mouth while trying to explain why he thought Donald Trump‘s comments about women, particularly his observations about bosom size as it relates to attractiveness, will hurt the presumptive Republican nominee with women voters:

“Trump’s comments like ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally,” said Rendell, a noted Hillary Clinton supporter, to a Washington Post reporter who was probing Trump’s chances and appeal in Philadelphia’s suburbs.

The quote went super viral while Rendell was in Washington, D.C., for Infrastructure Week. Reporters were waiting for Rendell when he got off the train at 30th Street Station yesterday afternoon. Read more »

Ed Rendell: I Didn’t Say Bernie Sanders Supporters Need to Behave Themselves

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Ed Rendell took to Facebook on Monday to say his comments on a Sunday radio show, saying that Bernie Sanders supporters need to “behave” at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, had been misconstrued.

But Rendell did say the thing he says he didn’t say. More or less, anyway — skip to 11:40 in the National Edition of “The Cats Roundtable” for the pertinent quotes below: Read more »

John Estey, Rendell’s Former Chief-of-Staff, Charged With Wire Fraud

Pennsylvania's first lady, Midge Rendell, left; Gov. Ed Rendell's chief of staff John Estey, center; and budget secretary Mike Masch applaud as Gov. Ed Rendell enters to deliver his yearly state budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

On Feb 6., 2007, Gov. Ed Rendell’s then-chief-of-staff John Estey (center) applauded as Rendell entered to deliver his yearly state budget address. | Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP

(Editor’s Note: This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.)

John Estey, a Philadelphia lawyer and onetime chief-of-staff to former Gov. Ed Rendell, was charged with illegal wire fraud in federal court Friday. He has agreed to plead guilty. Read more »

57 Painted Donkeys Are Going to Be Displayed Throughout Philly for the DNC

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L to R: Gov. Ed Rendell, the Pennsylvania donkey statute and Mural Arts Program founder Jane Golden.

Ed Rendell came up with the idea. Obviously.

A collection of 57 painted donkey statues will decorate Philadelphia during the months of July and August, the former governor and current chairman of the Democratic National Convention host committee announced today at a press conference. The point of the donkeys, he says, is to get Philadelphians excited about this summer’s Democratic Convention and encourage delegates to visit different parts of the city. We’re guessing it doesn’t hurt that the donkeys will inevitably inspire tons of photo-ops and selfies, too.

“You all remember the bulls or the cows in Chicago,” Rendell said. “I thought, what a great idea to have donkeys around town. … The host committee wants this to be a great convention for the Democratic Party, but we also want it to be a great convention for the people of Philadelphia.”

The donkeys are made of fiberglass and weigh about 250 pounds apiece. They are being painted by artists to evoke each of the 50 states, five U.S. territories, Washington, D.C. and the group Democrats Abroad. The Pennsylvania donkey was on display at Tuesday’s news conference. It features the state’s coat of arms, the state bird, the state flower and other accoutrements. Read more »

Did Ed Rendell “Mess Up” Taxes for DNC Donors?

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The New York Post is reporting that Ed Rendell started collecting donations before the city’s Democratic National Convention Host Committee received its official 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status — an alleged “mistake” that is causing those donors trouble at tax time.

A spokesperson for the committee acknowledged to Philly Mag today that 501(c)(3) status has not yet been finalized, but otherwise disputed the Post report, saying that the tax status should be settled “well in advance of the convention.”

“The delay in receiving the (c)(3) status has not interrupted the flow in donations,” Anna Adams-Sarthou said. “We continue to feel good about where we are on that front.” Read more »

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