Within days of the departure of controversial talk show host Keith Olbermann, NBC News announced Tuesday that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a blunt-spoken, partisan Democrat, has signed on with the network as a political analyst.
Rendell, who recently completed two terms as governor and also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will start immediately at NBC News and its sister cable channel, MSNBC, the network said.
"Gov. Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues and he couldn't be a better fit for NBC News," said NBC News President Steve Capus
Rendell, gruff-voiced but cheerful, recently derided fellow Democrats as a "bunch of wusses
" for not rallying around health care reform. He used the same term last month to suggest the nation had gone soft after the NFL postponed
a football game between the Eagles and Vikings because of a blizzard in Philadelphia.
Olbermann, an unapologetic liberal, announced Friday
night on "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" that he was leaving his cable show, effective immediately. He offered no real explanation for his exit, and neither did NBC.
Rendell, 66, said that "the ability to have my voice heard and create an impact on the political discourse is exciting to me and is an extension of my continued commitment to public life."
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