Two Former Governors to Embark on New Jobs

By: - January 24, 2011 12:00 am

Pennsylvania’s colorful and outspoken former governor, Ed Rendell, will be taking his political insights to cable TV. Rendell will become a pundit with MSNBC, Politico reported over the weekend .

The two-term former Democrat could finalize his contract with the cable network “as early as this week.” The deal would give the network a prominent new face after the sudden departure last week of Keith Olbermann, its most popular host.

But being a talking head isn’t the only thing Rendell wants to do.

“Rendell is also rejoining Ballard Spahr, the national law firm based in Philadelphia where he worked after serving as mayor from 2000 to 2002,” Politico notes. “He’ll focus on public-private partnerships and issues related to energy, infrastructure, higher education and health care.” Rendell also plans to work as an unpaid adviser to nonprofits “that have laudable goals.”

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, meanwhile, also has settled on a new career. She will teach at Berkeley and write a book, according to Politico .

Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, are writing a book about “the experience of governing what has been the toughest state in the country,” she told Politico. The two also will teach public policy at the University of California-Berkeley.

Both Granholm and Rendell were term-limited after eight years in office and were replaced by Republicans who won comfortably over their Democratic opponents in November. 

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