Rendell for NYC mayor?

Published by Laura Olson on .

Apparently it's still good to be Ed Rendell.

Not only is he the only Democrat leading Gov. Tom Corbett in PPP's hypothethical match-ups, but turns out he was on the short list to succeed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The New York Times in a story today lists the former Philadelphia mayor and two-term Pennsylvania governor among several candidates who Bloomberg has courted:

"The mayor believes he is special," Mr. Rendell said in an interview in his Philadelphia office. "He wanted somebody at a very high level to come in to do a job he has often said to me — and he's not the only person who says it — is the second most difficult job in the country."


Mr. Rendell lives about 100 miles away in Pennsylvania and would have to move to New York City to run. Despite having grown up in New York, he said he knew little of the city beyond Manhattan. “I’m not sure how many times I’ve stepped foot in Brooklyn,” he said. “I have no understanding of Queens and no understanding of the Bronx.” Running for mayor of New York, he said, “didn’t sit well with me.”


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