Rendell to MSNBC as Pundit

Politico reports that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is headed to MSNBC as a regular pundit during the 2012 campaign cycle.

He’s also said to be talking to NBC News about such a gig.

Rendell has been a frequent presence on MSNBC during his gubernatorial tenure, garnering headlines for his outspoken views. In advance of the 2010 midterms, he called the Republican Party “scary” but also told disaffected liberals to “get over it.”

The news of Rendell’s new gig comes just after the sudden departure of Keith Olbermann. That had Comcast insisting that it was in no way involved in the decision, noting that the deal to acquire NBC U has not yet closed and that it had pledged not to interfere with its news operations.

But Rendell carries his own set of connections to Comcast, having served as mayor of Philadelphia, the company’s base of operations. During his tenure, Rendell’s chief of staff was David L. Cohen, the company’s executive vice president in corporate and governmental affairs.

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