Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rendell: Corbett & Toomey Not "Scary" To Voters

Gov. Rendell, speaking to reporters in a post-election press conference, said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate, were victims in Tuesday's general election of a "national tide" that favored Republicans. Rendell said state Attorney General Tom Corbett and former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the GOP candidates for governor and the Senate, did a good job pitching themselves to voters.

Rendell: Corbett & Toomey Not "Scary" To Voters

Gov. Rendell, speaking to reporters in a post-election press conference, said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate, were victims in Tuesday's general election of a "national tide" that favored Republicans.  Rendell said state Attorney General Tom Corbett and former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the GOP candidates for governor and the Senate, did a good job pitching themselves to voters.

"They weren't scary," Rendell said. "They didn’t make radical statements. I think suburban voters felt a little at ease with them"

Rendell also called the defeat of state Rep. John Perzel, a Northeast Philadelphia Republican bested by Democratic challenger Kevin Boyle "pretty much inevitable."  Corbett, as Attorney General, charged Perzel last November with using $10 million in state funds to organize GOP political campaigns.  "It's hard to win under indictment," Rendell said.

Rendell, who is working on an autobiography, said he will make public his post-office plans in the next couple of weeks.  "The only things I know for sure are the book, teaching and sports TV," Rendell said. "Of course, none of those pay a lot of money."

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