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Ed Rendell Takes The Money, Runs

By Wyatt Earp | January 4, 2011

You’ve gotta hand it to outgoing PA Governor Ed Rendell: He’s forgotten more about corruption than the rest of us will ever know. Take this story, for example, where he screws his longtime supporters out of millions, then shrugs his shoulders when their casino license falls through.

With friends like Rendell, who needs enemas?

Gov. Rendell yesterday said that state legislators and the Gaming Control Board should study whether Philadelphia needs a second casino, now that a license held by a group of his longtime supporters has been revoked.

The Gaming Control Board on Dec. 16 revoked the license of a group of local investors who once planned to open a casino on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street. The board acted after the investors submitted incomplete paperwork for a new deal to have Caesars Entertainment, which runs Harrah’s in Chester, take over the South Philly project. Stephen Cozen, an attorney for the local investors, declined to comment on Rendell’s remarks.

“We paid $50 million for a license,” Cozen said of the casino investors. “We have an investor and an operator ready to build the second casino. And if we have to exhaust our appellate rights, no matter how long it takes, that is our present intention.”

So, Rendell decides to eliminate a second casino because his friends’ license was revoked. Color me shocked. If there was ever any doubt that Ed Rendell is the most corrupt politician in Pennsylvania, consider this: He took his backers’ money for his election coffers, and gladly accepted their $50 million license fee. Then, when the license gets revoked, he laughs all the way to the bank.

Topics: Philly, Politics | 17 Comments »

17 Responses to “Ed Rendell Takes The Money, Runs”

  1. Dr. Evil Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Ed Rendell, like Warren G. Harding but not a President.

  2. Lou Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    No surprise here. He’s a world-class crook.

  3. John D Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Ethics are for the little people.

  4. RT Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Yeah…if I had $50 million, I’d trust a politician with it…bwhahahahaha! Idiots.

  5. harp1034 Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Somebody loses 50 mil like that. Don’t be surprised if Old Ed has an accident a year or two down the road.

  6. Ingineer66 Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    harp you stole my thunder. I mean $50 million is not what it used to be, but you would think the folks that paid it out might want their pound of flesh in return.

  7. Dr. Evil Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Ingineer, pound of flesh…and they’ll take the blood involved as interest.

    I never thought about the whole Rendell having an accident thing. Perhaps he’ll be laid next to Hoffa.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Dr. Evil – Lord knows he has enough scandals.

    Lou – He lives in my division. I’ll be happy when the media finally lets out the Rendell stories. They’ll shock you.

    John D – Ethics? He don’t need no stinkin’ ethics!

    RT – You’re not sitting on a mountain of millions?

    Harp1034 – Maybe someone will be making a call to Nunzio?

    Ingineer66 – People don’t take losing that amount of scratch lightly, that’s for sure.

    Dr. Evil – Our loss is Satan’s gain.

  9. JT Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I’m thinkin’ they don’t call him “Fast Eddie” for nuthin’.

  10. JT Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, by the way…..

    You sound thinner, Wyatt.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    JT – Thanks, but I’m not thinner yet.

  12. Robert B. Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Why would Rendell needs friends now? He’s not running for re-election.

  13. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 5th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Robert B – Hopefully, he’ll retire and go into hiding.

  14. BlackOrchid Says:
    January 5th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Yeah he’ll be more annoying than ever, on the radio and TV, local and the stupid cables all need his fat ass for content.

    And no one is gonna touch him.

    CERTAINLY NOT THE MEDIA! I mean, come on, Wyatt!

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 5th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Orchid – I know, but it’s nice to dream. Well actually see more of him when he’s out. Lucky us.

  16. Bob G. Says:
    January 6th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    FAST EDDIE strikes again!
    (couldn’t have seen THAT one comin’, eh?)

    Satan’s gain…LMAO!

    Yeah, you’re from Philly (too)…!

    Roll safe.

  17. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 7th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Bob G – He cannot get out of office soon enough.