Could Ed Rendell Take Pat Toomey’s Senate Seat?

It’s tough for us to see Ed Rendell in the Senate. The man is a chief — not somebody who would risk getting his voice drowned out by 99 others. He just seems bigger than that, somehow.

There’s only one reason to believe he would ever make the run, in fact: Because he could win.

A new poll from Public Policy Polling suggests that Rendell — who has given no indication of desiring a Senate run — is actually the leading candidate for the Senate seat now held by Pat Toomey.

“Former two-term Governor Ed Rendell leads the pack of potential Democratic challengers, besting Toomey 44-41 in a hypothetical matchup. Rendell owns a substantial 17-point advantage with Independents, and leads with both men and women (+1 and +6, respectively),” PPP reports. “Should Rendell decide to enter the race, he would start with a decided name recognition advantage over Toomey, 85-63.” (See the full poll results below.)

Now it’s true Rendell thinks — or has said, at any rate, that Toomey is vulnerable. “I would love to be a Democrat running against an incumbent Republican senator in 2016,” Rendell told the Inquirer back in November. But you’ll note he didn’t say he wanted to be the Democrat making the run.

Besides, aren’t we all waiting for him to swoop in and run for mayor again?
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Lobbyist Holly Kinser’s Birthday Party

Annie McCormick, and Monica Malpass of 6ABC with Stacey Jorgensen, center

On Friday night at Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco Holly Kinser celebrated her 50th birthday and marked 25 years as a lobbyist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Many notable political figures, including former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter and two 2015 mayoral hopefuls, Anthony Williams and Doug Oliver, were on hand to celebrate with her, as well as friends in the hospitality field like Angela Val, Mickey Rowley.

Longtime friends Mia McDonald, Nina Tinari and Peter Longstreth also turned out to help the beautiful, vivacious blonde celebrate her milestones. In lieu of gifts they were asked to make a donation to the Philadelphia Children’s First Fund for the School District of Philadelphia or the Arden Theatre Company.

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PHOTOS: Mark Segal’s Annual Holiday Soiree

Philadelphia Gay News Publisher and longtime LGBT activist Mark Segal and his husband, Jason Villemez, hosted their annual holiday party, but this year the party doubled as a wedding reception to celebrate their recent nuptials.

The soiree was packed as usual with all walks of life—from politics, business associates, and influencers—enjoying a delicious spread and catching up with friends. The highlight of the evening was when former Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Bob Brady, Mark Segal and Jason Villemez joined the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus on a rendition of “Jingle Bells.”

See my photos of the evening below.



Cowboys Fan Chris Christie Watches Game from Jerry Jones’ Box

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Last night was pretty much a total loss for the Philadelphia Eagles. The team fell into a 21-0 hole in the first half but rallied to take a 24-21 lead — only to lose lose to the hated Cowboys, 35-27. Making it worse, after two consecutive losses the Eagles are now likely to miss the playoffs after starting the season 9-3.

Making it even worse: Chris Christie was in the owner’s box with the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones! How will Christie-loving Northeast Philly Republicans vote in 2016 now?!

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Ed Rendell Is OK with NFL Game Being Moved This Time

I tweeted the above joke yesterday. In 2010, a Vikings-Eagles game in Philadelphia was moved to Tuesday night because of snow. Rendell fumed over it, and the incident somehow led to a book by Rendell, A Nation of Wusses.

They’ve gotten quite a bit of snow this week in upstate New York, and Jets-Bills — originally scheduled for Sunday in Buffalo — has been moved to Monday at Detroit’s Ford Field. The NFL made the decision yesterday.

And, thanks to NJ.com’s Dom Cosentino, my tweet is no longer just a joke: We now know Ed Rendell’s feelings on the move. He’s okay with it this time!

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Is Ed Rendell in Ken Trujillo’s Corner?

As the mayoral declaring process works itself out this week, one interesting development: Former Mayor Ed Rendell has hosted a networking event for former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo, one of the growing scrum of candidates for the Democratic nomination.
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PHOTOS: Henri David Halloween Ball 2014

Friday night The 46th annual Henri David Halloween Ball was held at the Sheraton Center City hotel. Nearly a thousand horrifying ghosts, ghouls and nearly naked goblins showed up to scare, stare and take selfies in anticipation of the midnight parade of the most fantastic costumes the city has to offer. Master of Ceremonies Henri David did not disappoint in his over-the-top outfit. Judging the costume contest was returning judges Stu Bykofsky, and Paul Struck with first time judge Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick , an assistant district attorney doing the duties.

Arguably the best moment of the evening actually happened before the costume parade when Henri David’s longtime partner Paul Struck got down on one knee and asked Henri David, his partner of 18 years, to be marry him. It was a spectacular moment. See that photo and lots more below.



Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell Talk (and Talk) Politics

Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell. Photograph by Justin James Muir

Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell. Photograph by Justin James Muir

PM: When did you guys first meet?

ED: [laughs] I have no idea.

CHRIS: I just remember that he and Billy Green [then Philadelphia’s mayor] were trying to take my job away. This was back in 1980. I was speechwriter for Jimmy Carter. All the big-city guys ganged up on us.

ED: This was the Kennedy-Carter presidential primary. I was supporting Kennedy.

CHRIS: Teddy came to town, and he was eating Philly pretzels and meeting with the Cardinal. You could do that in those days. And Carter was in his Rose Garden because of the [Iranian] hostages. And I’m handling Philly. These guys rolled us over. Read more »

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