Al Schmidt, a Republican candidate for city commissioner and the leader of an insurgent group challenging the city's Republican Party hierarchy, landed a prized endorsement today, from Democrat Ed Rendell, the former Mayor and governor.
Schmidt put out a press release quoting Rendell as follows: "Al Schmidt understands that the job of election officials is to run fair, clean and effective elections. He will do so in a truly bipartisan manner. That's why I'm supporting him and I hope you will too."
Rendell had previously endorsed Democrat Stephanie Singer for commissioner. Voters will find four candidates for commissioner on their Nov. 8 ballots. They'll only be allowed to vote for two, but three will be elected – effectively pitting Schmidt against fellow Republican and incumbent Joseph Duda for the third spot.