The polls say Ed Rendell is ahead of Republican Lynn Swann in the Pennsylvania governor's race, but you wouldn't know it from Rendell's temperament. What made Fast Eddie lose his cool? Read on.
FROM A STORY IN THE HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS:
Rendell angrily denied suggestions that his word can't be trusted and that he gives different answers to different people.
"It's all BS. You know it's BS. It's politics," Rendell said, shortly before grabbing a reporter's tape recorder and refusing to return it before ultimately doing so.
Several hours later, as he was riding an Amtrak train from Washington to Philadelphia, Rendell called and apologized for his remarks.
AND THIS RESPONSE A DAY LATER FROM THE LOYAL OPPOSITION:
State GOP Chairwoman Eileen Melvin released the following statement on Gov. Ed Rendell swiping of a reporter's tape recorder on Wednesday:
"At a time when serious leadership is required to address the serious problems facing our state — like property tax relief and a stagnating economy — Pennsylvanians should ask themselves if Gov. Rendell has the temperament to lead. By listening to the concerns of people across Pennsylvania for the last year, and by handling the ups and downs of a statewide campaign and keeping his composure, Lynn Swann has demonstrated the qualities and temperament of a true leader."
IT'S A LONG WAY TO NOVEMBER. HOW MANY MORE TIMES WILL FAST EDDIE SELF-DESTRUCT WHEN VOTERS LEARN ABOUT HIS MANY FAILURES?