Rendell and former Senator Arlen Specter were long-time close friends. So much so that in 2009, the ex-Governor was able to convince Specter to switch parties and (eventually) become the Democrats’ sixtieth seat in the Senate.
Then-Congressman Sestak, however, refused to step aside and beat Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary.
When rumors first started to become reality and Katie McGinty began considering a Senate run, it was thought Rendell would be a vocal supporter. After all, not only was Sestak an old foe but McGinty had served in his cabinet as DEP Secretary from 2003 to 2008.
Rendell was lukewarm, though, stating that he didn’t believe McGinty would ultimately pull the trigger.
Perhaps the passage of some time, or McGinty’s journey to Martha’s Vineyard, changed his mind.
According to John Baer of the Daily News, Rendell now believes there is a 70% chance McGinty will run.
“They’re doing a tough sell in Washington,” he told Baer.
McGinty still has to choose, though, and she has to decide soon.