If there’s one thing for certain, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell isn’t a “wuss” when it comes to criticizing the most powerful member of his political party.
During an interview on MSNBC Friday, Rendell said President Obama’s recent attack on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s severance with Bain Capital “went too far.”
“All these attacks may be hurting the president’s brand a little bit,” Rendell said. “I think our supporters may have went too far with the felony business.”
The attack Rendell referred to was made by Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutter, who said Romney may have committed a felony by signing filings with the FEC saying he was CEO of Bain Capital in 2002 – three years after he claimed to have left the company in order to coordinate the Salt Lake City Olympics.
For Obama, Rendell, a fellow Democrat, continues to be a thorn in the president’s side – especially during the campaign season.
As PoliticsPA previously reported, Rendell said during a CBS Morning News interview earlier this year that Obama failed to tout his accomplishments on healthcare reform and the 2009 stimulus, adding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would’ve fared better as president.
“I think the president was hurt by being a legislator only; for example healthcare and stimulus, Rendell said. “Two bills that I think did good things for the American people. He sort of said ‘here’s what I want, flush it out.’”
In addition, Rendell said in an article from The Huffington Post earlier this year that Pennsylvania is “in play” in the November elections despite the doubts from many political prognosticators.
“I think he will improve the vote there because a number of them are construction workers, etc. … and I think they know what is going on,” Rendell said. “I think he will do better there. But I don’t think he will carry there. The election will be determined by basically the four Philadelphia suburban counties.”