From Tom Barnes
HARRISBURG -- Bad news for Gov. Ed Rendell. (Or, on second thought, maybe it’s good news).
It looks like he didn’t get the job as President Obama’s new chief of staff, replacing Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman who’s leaving Washington on Friday to go back to Chicago and run for mayor.
Mr. Rendell wasn’t anywhere near the top of the list of possible replacements, but had been mentioned as a possibility, in an online story in the New York Times last week. Mr. Rendell didn’t consider himself a likely choice, said aide Gary Tuma.
Today, unnamed sources (they never have names, do they?) told the Times that an Obama adviser named Pete Rouse will be the new chief of staff, although an official announcement won’t be made until Friday. Mr. Rouse had been chief of staff for Mr. Obama when he was an Illinois senator and then moved to the White House.
Mr. Rendell has said he isn’t good in a subordinate role, as he would be as an aide to Mr. Obama. Mr. Rendell has a knack for saying outspoken and controversial things that attract attention to himself, not a good trait in a second banana.
But don’t worry about Mr. Rendell being bored. After he leaves office in January, he will continue to teach some courses at University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia and will continue as a Philadelphia Eagles post-game commentator on Comcast during football season.
Rumors abound that he’d like to be Major League Baseball commissioner if Bud Selig ever leaves the job.