Rendell to Kenney: Lighten up!

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney shoud lighten up

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney shoud lighten up

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has by most accounts had a successful first year in office. But one renowned former mayor thinks hizzoner could use a little attitude adjustment.

    Kenney is generally regarded as a likable, down-to-earth guy who wants to do good things. But he’s also known for, well, not smiling a lot — in interviews, at public events, lots of places.

    Which leaves former two-term Mayor Ed Rendell puzzled.

    “I can’t understand why he seems to be angry all the time,” Rendell said. “He’s doing a good job. He’s fighting the good fight. He should relax and enjoy it, because it goes by awful fast.”

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    Rendell made his remarks in an exchange with reporters in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York during Pennsylvania Society weekend last month.

    One of the reporters — OK, it was me — noted that Rendell himself sometimes had a short fuse as mayor and would lose his temper with reporters or staff.

    “I would lose my temper, but I enjoyed it,” he said. “In fact, I enjoyed losing my temper.”

    At least that’s the way he remembers it now.

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