Kathleen Kane disputes commercials


Kath­leen Kane, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al, last week told mem­bers of the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation that tele­vi­sion and ra­dio com­mer­cials cri­ti­ciz­ing her re­cord are way off base.

“That ad is the most hor­rendous ad I have ever seen,” she said.

Kane, a former Lack­awanna County as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney, faces Re­pub­lic­an Dav­id Freed and Liber­tari­an Marakay Ro­gers in the Nov. 6 elec­tion.

A group called the Re­pub­lic­an State Lead­er­ship Com­mit­tee paid for com­mer­cials con­tend­ing that she ne­go­ti­ated weak plea deals in two rape cases. Kane said she was not the pro­sec­utor in the cases.

“It’s a lie,” she said.

The RSLC is not con­nec­ted to Freed, but Kane said Freed should have called on the group to stop run­ning the ad.

After the com­mer­cials were widely cri­ti­cized, the claims of her be­ing soft in those two cases were re­moved. The ads now fo­cus on a claim Kane made dur­ing the Demo­crat­ic primary, that she pro­sec­uted 3,000 cases. In fact, only about two dozen went to tri­al.

Kane, who has been cam­paign­ing for 20 months, also cri­ti­cized the way the state’s new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law was im­ple­men­ted. The Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled le­gis­lature passed the meas­ure, and Re­pub­lic­an Gov. Tom Corbett signed it in March.

“They rammed it through,” Kane said.

After ap­peals by Demo­crats and lib­er­al groups, a state judge delayed im­ple­ment­a­tion of the law un­til next year.

Kane said be­ing at­tor­ney gen­er­al is a big re­spons­ib­il­ity. She said the of­fice serves as a con­sumer ad­voc­ate and watch­dog.

As an as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney, Kane pro­sec­uted rape cases against chil­dren. She cri­ti­cized Gov. Tom Corbett for the way he handled the Jerry San­dusky case when he was at­tor­ney gen­er­al. She said the al­leg­a­tions against the former Penn State as­sist­ant foot­ball coach were so ser­i­ous that tak­ing them to a grand jury un­ne­ces­sar­ily dragged out the pro­cess.

If elec­ted, Kane said she would be an in­de­pend­ent at­tor­ney gen­er­al. Corbett re­cruited Freed to the race. She en­joyed her days as an as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney and wants to re­turn to be­ing a pro­sec­utor.

“I have the ex­per­i­ence for the is­sues fa­cing Pennsylvani­ans today,” she said.

In oth­er news from the Oct. 15 meet­ing, city De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health nu­tri­tion co­ordin­at­or Jen­nifer Aquilante dis­trib­uted lit­er­at­ure.

The lit­er­at­ure in­cluded a list of Phil­adelphia farm­ers mar­kets. Any­one who uses food stamps or an Ac­cess card to buy $5 in goods at 27 par­ti­cip­at­ing mar­kets will be giv­en a $2 coupon to buy fresh fruits and ve­get­ables.

Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood will meet again on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at Max My­ers Play­ground, at 1601 Heller­man St. ••End­Frag­ment 

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