Rendells decide to separate

'Ed and Midge' split after 40 years

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HARRISBURG -- Their marriage survived years of speculation about Ed Rendell's never-confirmed affairs, but Monday -- 20 days after the former governor left office -- he and U.S. Circuit Judge Marjorie O. Rendell told friends they were separating.

The news came in a five-sentence e-mail sent at 4:08 p.m. and signed "Ed and Midge."

The Rendells told recipients that the split was amicable, that they will remain friends and that they "will not find it awkward or uncomfortable" to be invited to the same social events.

"This has been a difficult decision, but we both believe it is the right thing to do," the message said. The Rendells did not say which of them will move out of the Philadelphia family home.

They did not respond to an e-mail message last evening.

The Rendells have been married for about 40 years. Mr. Rendell, 67, a former Philadelphia mayor, stepped down as governor on Jan. 18.

Since then, he has announced plans to rejoin the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr, work as political analyst, and write a weekly sports column.

Marjorie Rendell joined the federal bench in 1994 as a U.S. district judge in Philadelphia. She was later elevated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Rendells have a grown son, Jesse, who works for a Philadelphia law firm.

In June, Mr. Rendell angrily denied rumors of an extramarital affair after Philadelphia magazine published an article about gossip involving him and a woman who worked for a state agency that provides multimedia services for training, tourism and other purposes.


Tracie Mauriello: tmauriello@post-gazette.com . The Associated Press contributed.


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