Rendell: Napolitano perfect due to 'no family'

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was picked up on an open microphone saying Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is a perfect fit for Homeland Security secretary because she "has no family."

Rendell made the comment Tuesday while attending a meeting of the National Governors Association in Philadelphia that featured President-elect Barack Obama.

Rendell says Napolitano is "perfect for that job. 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."

Napolitano has never been married and has no children. Her spokeswoman, Jeanine L'Ecuyer, didn't immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

Rendell press secretary Chuck Ardo says Rendell meant no disrespect to Napolitano and would have made the same comment if the candidate was a man.

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