Rendell works on comedy routine

If this is what lame duck press conferences look like, the Harrisburg press corps will enjoy Governor Rendell’s final eight and a half months in office.

Yesterday, Rendell got chippy with reporters who were confused by the amount of land Pennsylvania is leasing out to Marcellus Shale drillers. (Never mind the fact Rendell and a DCNR secretary kept providing different numbers.) “Guys, what happened last night?” he asked. “Do I need to start holding these events in the late afternoon?”

Today, Rendell tried out some new material.

Q: Why are Democratic voters so lackluster about this year’s crop of gubernatorial candidates?

A:”I think it’s because those Democratic voters can’t deal with the reality that they’re losing me.”

Q: How realistic are various candidates’ plans to shrink the size of the General Assembly?

A: “We’d have better luck invading Ohio than doing that!”

Q: What’s your take on the GOP candidates’ education plans?

A: “Republicans don’t talk about improving education!”

And the kicker: Rendell’s risque response to a question about Republican lawmakers’ apparent willingness to accept a severance tax.(It’s worth the full listen)

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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