According to this P-G article that ran last June, Rendell said that "there seems to be no support among the public officials here for any public [arena] funding..."
In this article, he also suggests that the Pens' best course of action to get the arena is to try for the slots license.
This was last JUNE. EIGHT MONTHS AGO.
Just eight months ago, this team was still trying to talk about alternatives. Just eight months ago, this team was being told that there was no support among the public officials here (meaning both local AND state-level officials) for public funding. Just eight months ago, Ed Rendell was suggesting that the Pens secure private financing for the arena, which they've done by virtue of the Isle of Capri plan.
Eight months later, and now they are the ones accused of being uncooperative? Eight months later, and these same elected officials are now the ones telling the Pens they need to speed things up?
Perhaps Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Onorato and Mr. Rendell can explain how they plan on filling the gaping $70-million-a-year hole in the city's revenue streams when the team leaves town because its elected officials were still dragging their feet on this as little as eight months ago.l