Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, called Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a ‘hypocrite”– despite his insistence that he likes her “a lot.”
Rendell’s comments came in a column posted on The Washington Post website Wednesday night.
“I like Elizabeth Warren,” he said. “I like her a lot. Too bad she’s a hypocrite.”
Rendell said that when she announced her candidacy for the presidential nomination, Warren maintained she would “shun high-dollar fundraising events.”
But he noted Warren transferred $10.4 million from her Senate re-election campaign to her presidential campaign fund.
“More than $6 million came in contributions of $1,000 and up, as The New York Times recently noted,” Rendell said.
“The $10.4 million gave Warren a substantial head start in building a presidential-campaign staff and doing other things for which money is essential. If she wasn’t being hypocritical, she would have taken only the dollars raised in smaller increments from her Senate race and transferred those into her presidential account.”
And he said she also attacked former Vice President Joe Biden for holding a ‘swanky private fundraiser for wealthy donors.’
“Well, I helped organize that affair, and I thought her attack was extremely hypocritical because nearly 20 of us who attended the Biden fundraiser had also given her $2,000 or more in 2018 at closed-door fundraisers in ‘swanky’ locations,” he said.
Despite his concerns, Rendell said he would still support her if she wins the nomination.
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