PhillyMag On 'The Governor, The Blond & The Rumor Mill'

The July edition of Philadelphia Magazine is hot off the presses with a story on the long-running rumors about Gov. Rendell and Dr. Kirstin Snow, the director of Commonwealth Media Services who was Miss Pennsylvania in 1994 and Mrs. Pennsylvania in 2005.  It's not quite a tell-all, since the only people willing to be interviewed for the record about rumors of an affair were Rendell and Snow.  And they both deny it.  The three-page article includes a full-page portrait of a smiling Rendell seated with Snow standing behind him, resting her arms on his shoulders.

Some key points in the story, which hits newsstands on Friday:

  • "Absolutely not," Snow said when PhillyMag Features Editor Robert Huber asks if she's having an affair with Rendell. "No way. And if I had a nickel for everybody who told me that, or told me they heard that, I wouldn't have to come to my job."
  • Snow tells the magazine she is surprised it has taken this long for the rumors to go public and worries about the gossip hurting Rendell's wife, Midge, a federal judge.
  • Snow is clearly surprised when Huber tells her he has heard that Rendell is describing her as the love of his life.
  • Rendell says he values Snow's insight on political issues and her attractiveness helps add some "pizzazz" when he brings her to fund-raisers.  He says his recent weight loss -- he's down 60 pounds -- had nothing to do with a new romance.
  • "You know, like a lot of people in politics I get hit on by women all the time," Rendell tells Huber. "There are political groupies just like there are sports groupies.  I got hit on when I was 260 every bit as much as when I'm 200."
  • Rendell scoffs at the notion that he would ever use the phrase: The love of my life.  He speculates that people probably heard him joking about Snow, saying something like: "Oh yeah, she's great. She's hot as can be, she's the cat's meow."