Will he or won't he?
Over the weekend, nostalgia for days gone by seemingly put former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's name into the race for the city office he once held.
Real estate developer Allan Domb told the Philadelphia Inquirer he's begun a “draft Ed” initiative in hopes of convincing Rendell to run for mayor in 2015.
"I think he's convincible," Domb told the Inky. "He didn't tell me 'no.'"
Rendell finally addressed the mayoral run rumors with a tweet Monday morning that seemed to focus more on current Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter:
Let's not worry about the next Mayor. Mayor Nutter has over 2 yrs left..he needs our help to overcome the challenges facing our city!
— Ed Rendell (@GovEdRendell) September 23, 2013
Notice that Rendell, again, didn't say no to a run.
Rendell was the city's mayor from 1992 to 2000 before serving two terms as governor. Since he left the state house in 2011, Rendell has remained out of public office since then but in the public eye as an Eagles football analyst on Comcast Sportsnet, an on-air government analyst on MSNBC and through his various business entities. He also teaches a course at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government.
Some observers say it's far-fetched to believe the 69-year-old would run again, considering what he's able to earn in the private sector.
But Domb says the city and its financially failing schools need Rendell now more than ever, saying, “Who do you put in a basketball game with 44 seconds left and the everything on the line? Your best player.”