Napolitano Gets Even . . . Odds
Here's Homeland Security Secretary (and former Arizona governor) Janet Napolitano's chance to make Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell eat some humble pie: The pair placed a friendly wager over this weekend's Super Bowl, which matches NFL teams from their home states -- the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The stakes are modest, our colleague Spencer Hsu reports. "Dinner -- I mean, you know, we're both government employees," Napolitano said Thursday. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack -- a Pittsburgh native and Steelers fan - will also be on hand, staking drinks.
We doubt the conversation between the three good friends will need a boost, but there are always those now-infamous remarks Rendell gave at a National Governors Association meeting last month, caught on a live microphone.
"Janet's perfect for that job," Rendell said after Napolitano, his fellow Democrat and a former NGA chairwoman, was nominated to head Homeland Security. "Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it."
Critics called the comments chauvinistic toward women, particularly single working women. Rendell later apologized, saying that he "didn't mean it the wrong way" -- adding, "you could say the exact same thing to me, about me."
Even so, Rendell didn't offer to cover the spread Sunday, when oddsmakers rate the Cards a seven-point underdog.
"He's not that nice," Napolitano joked.
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