Gov. Rendell To 60 Minutes: “You’re Simpletons!”
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Television viewers across the nation will get to see something on Sunday night that Pennsylvania residents have experienced before: an angry eruption from Governor Ed Rendell.
The eruption comes as the governor hopes to land a gig as a TV news commentator. In an exit interview with capitol reporters on Thursday, Rendell said he hoped to land a spot as a “contributor.”
“Contributor. Contributor. I’m not going to do a permanent show, obviously, because I’ve got too many other things I want to do,” the governor told reporters.
But it remains to be seen how this outburst will affect his chances.
In a clip provided by “60 Minutes,” Rendell barks through clenched teeth as he becomes frustrated during his interview with Stahl.
RENDELL: “You guys don’t get that!”
STAHL: “I do get it.”
RENDELL: “You’re simpletons! You’re idiots if you don’t get that!”
Watch the clip…
What Rendell claims Stahl didn’t get was his assertion that people who lose money they can’t afford will do so anyway — by gambling in Atlantic City or elsewhere — if Pennsylvania didn’t have casinos.
Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo.