G Philly pal — and Philly Mag society photographer — HughE Dillon sent along some photos of Wednesday night’s FIGHT for Life Gala. The event, hosted by local HIV/AIDS org Philadelphia FIGHT, was a fundraiser that also served as an opportunity to honor former Governor Ed Rendell for “his career-long support of people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT Community.”
We’ve already told you about Ed Rendell’s support for a maglev “bullet train” for the Northeast Corridor, kind of like the ones they use in Japan and Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movies. The New York Times reports that Rendell was in a delegation to Japan that actually experienced a train ride over the weekend.
Yesterday, state rep. Mark Cohen sent a letter to the mayor and the governor asking that Ed Rendell be considered to replace Pedro Ramos as the head of the School Reform Commission. Inquirer education reporter Kristen Graham thinks the chances of that are “nonexistent,” but Rendell himself seems surprisingly open to the idea.
Come 2015, the answer to that question might determine whether or not Ed Rendell seeks a third term as mayor.
In recent days, Rendell has downplayed his interest in returning to City Hall. He did so again in a brief phone interview this morning, telling me: “It’s not something that anybody should be thinking about.”
But Rendell does seem to be giving the idea some real thought.
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Friday, Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski name-dropped Ed Rendell as the host of a Center City party on Thursday night to benefit his ongoing gubernatorial campaign:
“I was honored that the governor would host a fundraising event for me, and I greatly appreciate his friendship and support,” the email quoted Pawlowski as saying.
Now, though, Pawlowski is pulling back on his claims of anointment by the Big Guy himself. Read more »
Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, especially for Philadelphians pining for better days (and winning sports teams). Things in the past were just better, more navigable and less stressful. Some of us can even remember a time when our school system wasn’t completely boned.
Which, naturally, is why so many Philadelphians are longing for a change in leadership, specifically one that hearkens back to an era when we proudly carried the chip on our collective shoulder and got things done. We are, of course, wanting for Ed Rendell’s Philadelphia of old. Now if we could just convince the Big Guy to run.
Allan Domb, Philly’s Condo King, couldn’t think of a better guy to have in office right now:
“If Ed Rendell is mayor, the spirit of Philadelphia will change overnight, investment from the business community will skyrocket immediately,” said Domb, the Center City condo developer and real estate broker. “We have to do this. Who do you put in a basketball game with 44 seconds left and everything on the line? Your best player.”
Political strategist Mary Isenhour agrees:
“Who wouldn’t want Ed Rendell as mayor again?” said Mary Isenhour, a strategist who ran Rendell’s 2006 gubernatorial reelection campaign, adding she knows of no serious discussions toward that end.
Ditto for Democratic consultant Daniel F. McElhatton:
“There’s nostalgia for competency, leadership, communication skills,” said Democratic consultant Daniel F. McElhatton. “All the candidates out there are unknowns. Ed Rendell is a known commodity.”
Sam Katz, of course, provides the rare dissenting view, exhibiting Rendell’s record in office as the prime example of the former Gov’s unlikely fit:
“The things the mayor will need to do over the next eight years are not things Ed’s going to want to do,” Katz said. “He spent the first year in City Hall cutting, and hated it – but most of his experience, in the city and the state, was during times of economic expansion … Why take a reputation that borders on as good as it gets and put it at risk?”
Nostalgia, while powerful and comforting, often provides little more than emotional security, and that might be behind the lure of Mayor Ed 2.0.
The only good thing about the good old days, after all, is that they’re over. [Philly.com]
A week ago, we noted with great disappointment and regret that (possible mayoral candidate?!?!?!) Ed Rendell would not be supporting any Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the run-up to the 2014 election. A week later, it seems the definition of “supporting” is pretty nebulous. Thursday night, Rendell and his firm–Ballard Spahr–hosted a fundraiser for Ed Pawlowski, the Allentown mayor running for governor. Rendell says the event was scheduled before Pawlowski announced his run–E-Paw’s PAC was originally set up to fund his bid for mayoral re-election, taking place this year. The whole thing makes him “uncomfortable,” Rendell added. Couple this with Rendell’s earlier Emily’s List fundraiser for Allyson Schwartz and I’m beginning to think Ed’s simultaneously playing hard to get and playing the field. Pawlowski, meanwhile, has now had his feelings hurt. [Morning-Call]