Ed Rendell has made an endorsement in a Democratic primary — the lieutenant governor’s race, anyway.
The governor Tuesday night announced his support of Democratic Lieutenant Governor Jonathan Saidel, a fellow Philadelphia native, at a fundraiser in the city.
It’s a big boost to Saidel, already the favorite in the primary race against former state judge Doris Ribner-Smith and state Rep. Scott Conklin. Governor Rendell remains very popular among Democrats in Philadelphia and the southeast.
In a taped addressed shown at Saidel fundraiser, provided by the campaign to PoliticsPA, the former Philadelphia mayor credited him with helping turn around the city in the early 1990s when he was the city controller.
“I think Jonathan’s expertise will be tremendously valuable to the next governor,” Rendell said. “I think he’ll go down as one of the most productive lieutenant governor’s in the history of the state of Pennsylvania.”
Rendell has withheld his endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, though most of his former allies have joined Dan Onorato’s campaign. He is, however, a vigorous supporter of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in his battle against Democratic challenger Joe Sestak.