Thursday, December 25, 2014

Rendell: Give Corbett "Breathing Space" In Partisanship

For Gov. Rendell, post-election is apparently also a post-partisanship period. Rendell, speaking at last week's Pennsylvania Society in New York City, told Scott Detrow of WITF in Harrisburg that state Democratic Party political attacks on Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett are going over the line.

Rendell: Give Corbett "Breathing Space" In Partisanship

For Gov. Rendell, post-election is apparently also a post-partisanship period.  Rendell, speaking at last week's Pennsylvania Society in New York City, told Scott Detrow of WITF in Harrisburg that state Democratic Party political attacks on Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett are going over the line.  [We first saw this on the Newsworks Off Mic blog by Dave Davies]

"Let's give him some breathing space," Rendell told WITF. "To attack him at this point comes with ill grace."

Was it really just six weeks ago, while helping Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato in the closing days of the general election, that Rendell accused Corbett of trying to get people to break the law? Here's what we reported on Oct. 30: 

Onorato and Rendell yesterday accused Corbett of trying to foster voter suppression in the city. Rendell went so far as to say Corbett, the top law-enforcement officer in the state, should not be running for governor.

"He urged people to break the law," Rendell said after Onorato was endorsed by the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. "Voter suppression is against the law. And he clearly urged them to break the law. Now does he have a plan? How would we know?"

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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