PHL-15: Rendell Criticizes Abraham For Stubborn Demeanor

EdRendellFormer Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell has yet to endorse a candidate in the upcoming mayoral election.

It’s becoming clear, though, that he has some serious concerns about the city’s former District Attorney Lynne Abraham.

In a Philadelphia Magazine profile published Sunday, Abraham boasts about the wealth of experience and hard-nosed attitude she would bring to the office. For Rendell, though, who took the same path from District Attorney to Mayor that Abraham hopes to follow, this attitude could make her unsuited for the job.

Rendell questions whether Abraham “has the temperament to deal with the multifaceted demands of being mayor.” He calls Abraham “a hard charger” all the time, which he said could hinder policy negotiations.

Rendell is skeptical of Abraham’s ability to compromise. He cited his own experience as Mayor, saying that oftentimes when dealing with groups like labor unions “you have to give them something to take away.”

“I’m not sure she doesn’t want to crush an opponent,” Rendell explained. “I’m not sure there’s a softer side when it comes to social issues. You can’t be a bulldozer in dealing with them.”

“If anybody knew how much time you spend as mayor on your knees sucking people off, they’d be amazed,” Rendell stated, rather frankly. “There’s a question of whether she will do that.”

Abraham, though, said she’s not unwilling to compromise in negotiations of any kind. She just refuses to give in completely.

“Something I’ve learned is when you go into another guy’s tent, you have to bend at the waist; you can’t just walk in straight up,” she said. “You have to bend a little. I get that. I’m not going to do what Ed said he did — I’m not built that way.”

February 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Local races, Top Stories | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “PHL-15: Rendell Criticizes Abraham For Stubborn Demeanor”

  1. Strong Women Rule says:

    It’s not a surprise that Ed Rendell is crude. It is a surprise that he feels so entitled to disparage a woman for being strong . Frank Rizzo meant it as a compliment when he said Lynn Abraham was a “tough cookie.” It’s depressing we’ve made so little progress in seeing women as leaders.

  2. Steve says:

    Someone from Kathleen Kane’s office needs to come out and walk back the “sucking people off” comment. Kane’s press people are great at covering for her when she “misspeaks.” Seems Rendell needs that help now, too.

  3. Unsanctioned R says:

    I think the photo’s tint is off.

  4. David Diano says:

    City Resident-

    From a lot what been said over the years, Rendell’s biggest challenge was keeping it in his pants.

  5. City Resident says:

    Come on Dave, read “Prayer for a City” and be more informed about the challenges of Mayor Rendell. This not supplying a voter list due to your computer skills.

  6. City Resident says:

    Come on Dave, read “Prayer for a City” and be more informed about the challenges of Mayor Rendell. This not supplying a voter list due to you computer skills.

  7. Chris Martinez says:

    Edd randall is defintley aint never says the stuff the artical says he said, no way he would talk that way, the artical is lying, he use to be the distrik atorny just like lynn abrams and he wunts her to be mayor,

  8. David Diano says:

    “If anybody knew how much time you spend as mayor on your knees sucking people off, they’d be amazed” — Rendell

    Given Rendell’s notorious reputation as a skirt chaser, one wonders how often the Mayor expected to be similarly “honored”.

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