We don't usually write about endorsements, but one from big Eddie really means something. Here's the release:
EDWARD G. RENDELL ENDORSES BOBBY HENON, DEMOCRAT FOR CITY COUNCIL
Former Philadelphia Mayor & PA Governor Lauds Henon on Record of Job Creation
PHILADELPHIA -- Bobby Henon, Democratic candidate for the 6th Councilmanic seat in Northeast Philadelphia, today received the endorsement of former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor, Edward G. Rendell. To date, Rendell has not endorsed any other candidate for Philadelphia City Council. Rendell cited Henon’s tireless work ethic, his strong record on job creation, and his ability to work effectively with elected officials in both political parties and at all levels of government as the primary reasons he gave the first-time candidate his endorsement.
“I have known Bobby Henon for almost 20 years and have always admired his tenacity, his ability to manage diverse personalities, and his penchant for getting things done for the benefit of his fellow union members and the citizens of Philadelphia,” said Rendell. “Bobby was an invaluable ally to me in helping to move my important growth agendas forward, both as mayor and governor. He is uniquely qualified to bring together unions and businesses to create jobs. Bobby will be an exceptional public servant for the people of Northeast Philadelphia because he will not be outworked, he knows how to create jobs, and he understands the importance of public safety, personal responsibility, and civic pride. Bobby would make a great Philadelphia City Councilman.”
For Henon, today’s endorsement of his candidacy by Rendell, who remains a respected and influential voice in political circles and the media, was a source of tremendous pride and provided further affirmation of his campaign’s momentum.
“Ed Rendell is a hero to many Philadelphians, the man who put this city back on the road to prosperity and international prominence,” said Henon. “I am deeply honored to have his endorsement and have personally expressed my immense gratitude to him for his kind words and support.
We will continue to work extremely hard and make sure our message of job creation, safer neighborhoods, and a return to an era of personal responsibility and civic pride is heard loud and clear by every voter in the district. I urge anyone who wants to know more about my campaign and wishes to get involved to visit the campaign website at www.votehenon.com."
In addition to today’s endorsement by Rendell, Henon has received the important endorsements of the Northeast ward leaders, Democratic City Committee, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, Fire Fighters Local 22, State Senator Michael Stack, State Representatives Michael McGeehan and Kevin Boyle, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, the Philadelphia Building Trades, and the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO. More endorsements will be announced in the coming weeks. The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, May 17, 2011.