Former Gov. Ed Rendell cleared up any ambiguity about who he might be endorsing in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary: No one.
Rendell held a news conference and issued a news release to say he’s staying neutral.
Rendell said in a statement that speculation appeared to arise because he will be the co-chairman Monday of a fundraiser for Emily’s List, a national group dedicated to electing more women to political office.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, of Philadelphia, has been endorsed by Emily’s List and will speak at the event, Rendell said.
The money raised at the event does not go to the Schwartz campaign, but will be used to elect women candidates nationwide, he said.
Rendell said he has a high regard for Schwartz, as well as what he called the other five candidates in the race: Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Protection; former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; and state Treasurer Rob McCord.
McGinty, Hanger and Wolf all served in Rendell’s administration, and the former governor said that choosing one of them “would be like asking a father to pick his favorite of three children.”
Rendell said that McCord and Pawlowski – who brings his campaign to Erie today — also would make “good candidates and fine governors.”
Rendell didn’t mention at least two other candidates in the race, Max Myers and Jo Ellen Litz.
The winner will advance and face Gov. Tom Corbett in the November 2014 election.
– John Guerriero