It was all too much for the political novice.
In Philadelphia Magazine’s must-read cover story by Robert Huber, Gov. Rendell describes how he tried to steer Kane away from a feud with Fina.
“She couldn’t let her obsession with Fina go — couldn’t conquer her desire to somehow do him in,” Huber writes. “Kane’s political confidants were worried. Ed Rendell, for one, was warning her in regular pep talks: It isn’t necessary to kill your enemies. You win by doing your job. You really win by getting reelected.”
Even after the Inquirer story on the abandoned sting case, Rendell was one of many people urging her not to get mad or even.
“You don’t have to crush your enemies. You win by doing your job, and getting reelected,” is how Huber summarizes Rendell’s advice.
The ex-Gov finally provided a tough but honest assessment of what went wrong.
“She just hasn’t been able to handle the pressure,” Rendell said. “Her emotions got the best of her.”