Warren targeted by former donor

Ed Rendell got his money’s worth.

The former Pennsylvania governor co-chaired a couple fundraisers for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2018 re-election bid, and also donated a total of $4,500 to her campaign.

While those sums hardly let Rendell call the shots, they add some crucial attention-grabbing heft to the Keystone State Democrat’s claim that Warren is now a hypocrite, as he wrote in the Washington Post. Warren benefitted from swanky fundraisers as a Senate candidate, Rendell argues, only to turn around and renounce the whole high-dollar fundraising enterprise in her presidential campaign while simultaneously transferring $10.4 million from the Senate account to her presidential account.

Rendell is now a Joe Biden supporter and still smarting over Warren’s description of a Philadelphia fundraiser that he helped organize five months ago for the former vice president. Biden has maintained a dominant but fluctuating lead in the polls since launching his presidential campaign in April. Meanwhile, Warren has gained momentum and, according to the Boston Globe’s James Pindell, put together an impressive operation in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where she and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are competing for some of the same supporters.

Tonight, Biden, Warren and Sanders will for the first time share the debate stage, along with seven other Democrats who made the cut for the ABC/Univision event.

Rendell wasn’t the only one doing some spadework ahead of the showdown in Houston. Some bank executives spoke to Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino, warning of the dire consequences of a Warren presidency. The piece in the New York Post has a funny format. It’s not until the writer has credited Warren with being “smart and driven” and possessing an “ability to define and distill complex financial issues” that he launches a broadside in which President Donald Trump counts among the collateral damage.

“Her wild spending and corporate-governance proposals (health care for all and more) will make the already massive Trump deficits look quaint (and could lead to higher interest rates),” Gasparino writes. “Making corporate boards answer to unions and employees, in addition to shareholders, would mean companies would be required to serve many masters.”

It sounds like Jim Cramer, Gasparino’s former colleague at CNBC, is hearing similar things from similar people. This week Cramer spent a few minutes on air fretting and channeling executives’ fears, at one point exclaiming “She’s gotta be stopped.”

Warren, at least outwardly, reveled in Cramer’s performance, joking on Twitter that it was like a campaign ad and “I approve this message.”

For someone whose campaign message is that the system is rigged in favor of the wealthy but she has a plan to change that, the senator could hardly ask for better foils. As an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found last month, the public is still angry at the notion that Wall Street executives are among the few who benefit from the political system. Blue chip executives have immense power, money, luxury, and influence, but there is a large deficit of sympathy for their plight.

Rendell, the spurned donor, might find himself in a similar place. He had a very clever vantage for attack, as someone who saw up close Warren’s old fundraising operation. But there is a possibility of backfire as well. Warren’s decision not to hold fundraisers during her presidential campaign might take a toll on her finances, but it will likely enhance her standing among voters. As Biden should have already learned, what plays well in a room full of donors, might take on new meaning when presented to the public at large.

ANDY METZGER


BEACON HILL

Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Governor’s Councilor Jennie Caissie to be clerk-magistrate in the Dudley District Court, where her husband’s recent DUI was moved from to prevent a conflict of interest. (Boston Herald) Caissie, a pal of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, is the only Republican on the Council. (State House News) The Council, on a 4-2 vote, also approved Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. as the interim register of probate in Bristol County. (State House News) Hoye’s appointment is a political bank shot by Polito. (CommonWealth)

A Globe editorial mocks Gov. Charlie Baker’s opposition to granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants on the grounds that there’s no documentation to prove who they are, saying being “an undocumented’ or unauthorized alien isn’t the same as being an alien from another planet.”  

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia says in reaction to efforts to get him to step down following his recent indictment the same thing he said following his previous indictment last year: He’s not going anywhere. (Boston Globe)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh takes a group of reporters and photographers to Long Island to try to show them what he sees there — a substance abuse recovery campus like no other in the country. “This is about saving someone’s life,” he says. (CommonWealth)

The Boston City Council balked at a resolution offering praise of the Boston Police Department and the main police union, but agreed to hold a hearing to consider banning protesters from wearing masks at demonstrations. (Boston Herald

The latest figures show how tax-exempt Boston nonprofits are doing in meeting voluntary benchmarks to contribute to the city coffers, with less than a quarter of them meeting the full request made by the city. (Boston Globe)

Mike Armano, the director of inspectional services in Lawrence, suggested that nightclub owners who have run afoul of the city’s ban on hookahs should pay up to finance inspectors to ensure that no clubs are able to skirt the rule. (Eagle-Tribune)

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Trump administration officials offer little explanation for why they terminated a program allowing sick immigrants into the country for health care unavailable in their home countries. Some of the immigrants say the decision is a death sentence for them. (CommonWealth)

ELECTIONS

Bernie Sanders has pulled ahead of Joe Biden in a new poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters. (Boston Herald) But the Globe says it’s Elizabeth Warren who’s gaining ground there. 

Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell has endorsed California Sen. Kamala Harris for president. (WBUR)

Joan Vennochi says don’t underestimate feisty Sen. Ed Markey, who isn’t getting out of the way for anyone, including that “handsome redhead,” as his top campaign aide John Walsh referred to Rep. Joe Kennedy. (Boston Globe) The potential for a Markey-Kennedy race is causing division within congressional ranks. (Politico)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

The New England Patriots are not saying whether they were aware of an impending lawsuit alleging rape when they signed receiver Antonio Brown to a contract. (Boston Globe) Even if he’s not guilty of that offense, are Brown’s misogynistic ways something the team wants to countenance, asks Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins

EDUCATION

At their arraignment, two defendants deny charges of a UMass kickback scheme. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

Data gathered by researchers at the Health Policy Commission indicate Massachusetts hospitals are inflating the severity of patient diagnoses to boost their revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. (CommonWealth)

A report from state Auditor Suzanne Bump says state public health officials have been lax in investigating allegations of serious abuse or neglect in Massachusetts nursing homes. (Boston Globe

Attorney General Maura Healey says she won’t be joining the tentative settlement with Purdue Pharma. (MassLive)

An Amherst company is under investigation in connection with a vaping-related death in New York. (Boston Globe

ARTS/CULTURE

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is converting a property it owns into a park in a bid to entice visitors to the museum to visit downtown North Adams. (Berkshire Eagle)

The Provincetown Select Board is hoping to spruce up Pilgrims’ First Landing Park in time for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in the town’s harbor. (Cape Cod Times) 

The Humane Society of the US released a report stating that vendors at a New Bedford Whaling Museum event were selling undocumented elephant ivory products, claims which representatives of the museum have since denied. (Standard-Times) 

TRANSPORTATION  

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the state’s HOV lanes aren’t working because most of the users are single people in cars. Medford’s mayor suggests the opening of an I-93 HOV lane to all vehicles undermined that lane’s purpose. (State House News)

Federal and state tax incentives for electric cars are being phased out, and less than half of 1 percent of the 5 million vehicles registered in Massachusetts are electric. (WGBH)

Rep. Tom Vitolo of Brookline grumbles about the T holding a meeting with the public on the Green Line more than a mile away from the nearest station. (CommonWealth)

CASINOS/MARIJUNA

Britte McBride, a member of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, says it’s time to approve marijuana home delivery. (CommonWealth)

Data suggest the Plainridge Park slots parlor is recapturing some gambling money previously spent out of state, but it’s too soon to offer any similar analysis of the impact of the state’s two full-blown casinos, in Springfield and Everett. (Boston Globe)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

A wanted suspect in the death of a Weymouth mother has been arrested after a two-year search. (Patriot Ledger) 

MEDIA

The Washington Post shuts down Express, its “fast-read” newspaper for commuters. (Washington Post)