Sunday, July 5, 2015

Rendell endorses Republican Al Schmidt for city commissioner

Republican Al Schmidt announced a coveted endorsement today in his face for city commissioner -- Democrat Ed Rendell, the former mayor and governor.

Rendell endorses Republican Al Schmidt for city commissioner

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Al Schmidt, a Republican candidate for city commissioner and the leader of an insurgent group challenging the city's Republican Party hierarchy, landed a prized endorsement today, from Democrat Ed Rendell, the former Mayor and governor.

Schmidt put out a press release quoting Rendell as follows:  "Al Schmidt understands that the job of election officials is to run fair, clean and effective elections.  He will do so in a truly bipartisan manner.  That's why I'm supporting him and I hope you will too."

Rendell had previously endorsed Democrat Stephanie Singer for commissioner.  Voters will find four candidates for commissioner on their Nov. 8 ballots.  They’ll only be allowed to vote for two, but three will be elected ­– effectively pitting Schmidt against fellow Republican and incumbent Joseph Duda for the third spot.

The fourth candidate for commissioner is incumbent Democrat Anthony Clark.

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