Ex-Rendell flack Ardo now to speak for Harrisburg mayor

Out of the frying pan into the fire? 

Ex-Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo takes on a new PR role, this time as the chief flack for the mayor of the troubled state capital.

Ardo will be Linda Thompson's third communications director since she took office in January.

Ardo, who left the Rendell administration a year ago,  had most recently been working as a consultant for the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

"The mayor has a number of challenges that require her time and attention," said Ardo, who starts his job Monday. "Communications is one less thing to worry about."

The "challenges" Ardo refers to center around a fiscal crisis that has all but bankrupt the city. In June Rendell took the unusual step of appearing before the Harrisburg city council to urge them not to seek bankruptcy protection and instead explore leasing municipal assets. The primary revenue drain on the city is its waste-to-energy incinerator on which it owes some $280 million.


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