Is Rendell the new Rahm?
October 4th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Is Rendell the new Rahm?

(CNN) – Ed Rendell isn't being bashful: he wants the top staff job in the White House.

The outgoing and always outspoken governor of Pennsylvania has told Bloomberg News that being chief of staff to President Obama is the "only" administration post he'd be interested in.

Still, Rendell - who supported Hillary Clinton over Obama during 2008 primaries and has at times been a vocal critic of the president - acknowledged he is among the least likely of politicians to get the powerful post vacated by Rahm Emanuel last week.

"If I were president, I am not sure that I would offer Ed Rendell the job of chief of staff," Rendell said on Bloomberg's "Political Capital" with Al Hunt. "I am a free spirit. I tell the truth and I like to mix it up. And that is not the Obama administration's modus operandi, to say the least."

Emanuel left the post after nearly two years on Friday to explore a mayoral bid in Chicago. Longtime Obama aide Pete Rouse has been named Emanuel's interim replacement.

Rendell, long known for his off-the-cuff remarks, has at times been a thorn in the White House's side. Last May, when Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter was locked in a close - and ultimately unsuccessful - primary fight, Rendell said it was smart for Obama and Vice President Biden to stay away from the state "because their last minute appearances in New Jersey and Virginia and Massachusetts didn't serve too much good."

Democrats lost races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia last November; they also lost the January special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Rendell also criticized the president's appearance on a string of comedy and daytime talk shows, suggesting such moves are unpresidential.

"I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency," he said in reference to an appearance Obama made on ABC's "The View" in July.

Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Ed Rendell • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Peace

    I assume Rendell is aware of the saying: "HUG THE BOSS"! being critic to the boss all the time, always don't play well and hinders all the opportunities the employee expects to get.

    October 4, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is Rendell the new Rahm?
    CNN, you know good and darn well that based on your article alone, Rendell will NOT be the new Rahm. There is not a snowball's chance in hades of him being the new Rahm. So why even suggest this in the headline if not to take ANOTHER dig at the President using somebody else's words. Nasty Patsy!

    October 4, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. pa mom

    The last person we need to add to an already poorly performing administration. His performance as gov left alot to be desired and he learned well from the president about bully tactics with his demands before passing the state budget. No, this is another individual with a debt ridden record going back to his Philadelphia mayor days that needs to retire to obscurity!

    October 4, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. rdepontb

    YES, please!

    GOV REndell is one oof the best spokesmen for the "litle guy"-he understands the very difficult sides of life today, as well as the extremely complex workings of government, so he is an ideal overseer of the necessarily unruly cast of White House community characters.

    Please, Mr. Obama-Ed Rendell! as COS!

    October 4, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. NF

    As a PA resident, all I can say is that Rendell is a huge jerk, and would do nothing to help heal the national divide caused by the disastrous Obama presidency.

    October 4, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. PaDoc

    I’m a Pennsylvanian and a big supporter of, “Fast Eddie.” I don’t, however see him as Obama’s Chief of Staff. Too much of an ego conflict.

    October 4, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |