Ed Rendell has a pretty mixed track record as a political king and queenmaker in the races he’s chosen to get involved with, but obviously you’d rather have his backing in a Democratic primary than not.
Rendell’s already made it known he supports Katie McGinty in the US Senate primary, and now comes the word from the McGinty campaign that he’s actually going to be chairing the campaign, and putting his name on the line a good bit more for his former DEP Secretary.
Senate candidate Katie McGinty today announced that former Governor Ed Rendell will serve as Chairman of her campaign. Rendell said that is joining the McGinty campaign because she has the right priorities and skills to deliver for working Pennsylvanian’s in the Senate.
“I am glad that Katie McGinty answered the calls from across Pennsylvania for her to enter the race for U.S. Senate,” Rendell said. “I encouraged Katie to run because she’s a problem solver who knows how to get things done. Middle class Pennsylvanians will have a Senator who will fight for good schools, good jobs, and affordable health care in Katie McGinty.”
McGinty served as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Working together, Rendell and McGinty made Pennsylvania a national leader in clean energy, demonstrating that environmental challenges can also be economic opportunities.
“When she was in administration, I saw first-hand that Katie McGinty is a problem solver who knows how to get things done for working families,” Rendell said. “She will go to Washington and work to make sure that anyone willing to work for it has a shot at the American Dream.”
“It is an honor to have Governor Rendell as the chair of my campaign. He knows how to win tough races and I appreciate his support and encouragement,” McGinty said.
Rendell served as Governor of Pennsylvania from January 2003 to January 2011. He also served two term as Mayor of Philadelphia from January 1992 to January 2000.