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Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)
The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »
Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell said in an interview yesterday that this past election “was not the time” when his party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, should have run for president.
“Probably 2008 would’ve been a better time for her to run for president,” Rendell said. Read more »
Ed Rendell, John Street and Wilson Goode pose with Philadelphians under the Clothespin on Monday | Photo: Dan McQuade
“Look at this white cat down there dressed like a gangsta?! Whatever, I’m going to go get my photo taken with Mayor Street.”
I’m standing on the steps under the Clothespin, where three former Philadelphia mayors are holding court. The man behind me is talking about Ed Rendell, who’s dressed in a blue power suit and shaking hands with people as they come down the steps. “Don’t forget to vote tomorrow!” he says to a man who brushes by him. Wilson Goode is there, too, dressed to the nines. Then there’s John Street, who is wearing a leather jacket with the Super Bowl XXIX logo on it.
This is a Murderer’s Row of Philadelphia politicians, three men who were mayor for a combined 24 years. And a lot of people didn’t know who they were. And why not? Only Rendell ran for elected office after leaving the mayoral office, and it’s been nearly six years since he left the governor’s office. So there are good reasons why commuters — who just wanted to get back on the El for the first time in a week — didn’t stop to recognize three former Philadelphia mayors standing together.
Still, it was pretty funny. Read more »
President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Those who are still wondering who funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly this past July are finally getting some answers.
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Midge and Ed Rendell at Tom Corbett’s inauguration in January 2011. Photograph by Matt Rourke/AP
On Friday, as the rest of us were trying to decide whether to give in to Hermine hysteria, a lawyer for the Hon. Marjorie “Midge” Rendell was busy filing divorce papers against Ed Rendell at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 has always been a reliable guy to go to when you need a memorable soundbite, but a new quote from Rendell — the man who presided over the city and state for eight years each — will truly go down in the record books. Read more »