Rendell sings Williams’ praises at Philadelphia press conference

Auditor General Jack Wagner says Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato is Governor Rendell’s “pony in the race.” A person in the audience at this afternoon’s Philadelphia Black Clergy press conference would think otherwise.

Rendell walked right up to the line of endorsing Anthony Williams, calling the Philadelphia state senator “creative” and “innovative,” adding, “some of his ideas border on visionary.”

Rendell said Williams “has earned the support of people in Philadelphia and throughout the entire southeast – and for that matter, throughout the entire state. Because he’s talked about issues and change.” Rendell went on, “some of the things he would do [would build] upon what we’ve done as an administration. But some of the things he would do in a different course. And just because it’s a different course doesn’t mean it’s not good for the commonwealth.”

The near-endorsement comes days after Rendell chastised all six gubernatorial candidates – but particularly Wagner and Attorney General Tom Corbett – for unfairly criticizing his administration’s record on education, and not providing specifics for how they would cut the state budget. Several candidates are campaigning on a plan to reduce the size of the General Assembly. Rendell says “we’d have better luck invading Ohio” than passing that sort of measure.

Williams said he appreciates Rendell’s praise. “It went everywhere as close as one possibly could to supporting me, at least in this part of Pennsylvania,” he said.

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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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