PHL-15: Rendell Criticizes Abraham For Stubborn Demeanor
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.”