Former Penn. governor and cable celebrity Ed Rendell to keynote for Kansas Dems

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, widely reputed as one Democratic Party’s most dynamic public voices, will be the featured speaker when Kansas Democrats gather for their annual Washington Day event in Topeka Feb. 25, the state party announced today.

Rendell served two terms as governor following two terms as mayor of Philadelphia. He was chairman of the Democratic National Commitee in 2000, when Bill Clinton won his second term as president.

Considered a centrist in the Democratic party, Rendell remains closely linked to the Clintons. He was a leading supporter and campaign surrogate for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2008, when she sought the party’s presidential nomination that ultimately was won by Barack Obama.

After the election, Rendell remained in the public eye, supporting – and sometimes criticizing – Democratic politicians and policies as a frequent guest on cable-network talk shows.

Last year, after leaving the governorship, he signed as on-air political analyst for the NBC and MSNBC networks.

Rendell recently confirmed that he is one of the leaders of an investment group that wants to purchase Philadelphia’s two main newspapers, The Inquirer and the Daily News. The Philadelphia papers were sister papers of The Eagle until the 2006 breakup of the Knight Ridder Corp.

Rendell will speak during the Washington Days banquet at the Ramada Convention Center Downtown Topeka.

For more information, call 785-234-0425 or visit www.ksdp.org.