Rendell embroils Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival by asking feds to fry borough teens

Saturday is the Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival, the largest kielbasi festival of its kind this side of Frackville. Out of respect for the locals devouring the popular Polish delicacy, an anti-immigration rally featuring star white supremist John de Nugent was cancelled. It's sort of like those cease-fires they have in the Middle East to mark the Jewish and Muslim holidays.

The tension in Shendo stems from the beating death last July of Mexican national Luis Ramirez by a gang of local teens, some of them high school football heroes, and the slap-on-the-wrist convictions an all-white jury in Pottsville delivered this month.

Now Gov. Ed Rendell has thrown his considerable heft into the mix describing the killing as "senseless and cowardly" and calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to take the teens to more than the woodshed. Said Rendell in a letter: "The evidence suggests that Mr. Ramirez was targeted, beaten and killed because he was Mexican."

How this will play with the sausage munchers is anybody's guess. Perhaps the guv will drop by to sample a ring himself.