Gov. Rendell declined to comment this morning on a curious rumor that he has hired Ari Emanuel, the so-called "super agent" who leads William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, to manage his post-office career. Rendell, who already does a post-game Eagles show for Comcast every week, spent hours appearing on cable news programs before and after the Nov. 2 general election. Asked this week if he plans to increase his TV workload, Rendell laughed and said: "It depends on who wants to pay me."
An agent could help Rendell market and promote the autobiography he has been working on. Rendell this week said he still hasn't picked a title for the tome. Rendell seems to have a real knack for political sparing in the partisan prime time cable shows, especially on Fox News.
We've asked WME for a comment. Emanuel would be an interesting pick. He has hosted major fundraisers for Democratic candidates. His brother, Rahm, was a Congressman and then President Obama's chief of staff and now is running for mayor of Chicago. And let's face it -- Rendell and Emanuel are both known as men with tempers who from time to time use colorful language. The character Ari Gold on HBO's Entourage, played by Jeremy Piven, is based on Emanuel.
The agent talk came up on the day after the general election, when Rendell appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box program. Host Carl Quintanilla wrapped up Rendell's appearance by saying: "The governor has got a new agent, one of the best in the business. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of him too." Rendell didn't take the bait, signing off with a "Good to see you."
Beyond the book and TV work, Rendell this week said he also plans to spend more time on Building America's Future, a bipartisan coalition focused on infrastructure that he founded with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"This nation needs to do something about its physical infrastructure," Rendell said. "If it doesn't, we’ll become a second-rate economic power. If it doesn't, you’ll see more and more bridges collapse and more and more accidents on roads. You'll see congestion just grow until it chokes us."