With the candidates for state Attorney General little known and the election five weeks away, Democrat Kathleen Kane seems as interested in taking on Gov. Corbett as she is her Republican foe, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed.
Kane, speaking to the Scranton Times-Tribune last Wednesday, said politics "probably" played a role in the pace of Corbett's investigation into disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Kane cited campaign donations Corbett, who was state Attorney General when the investigation started, received from board members of The Second Mile, a charity founded by Sandusky. The sports blog Deadspin.com reported in November that board members gave Corbett a combined $641,481 for his campaigns.
Corbett, interviewed this morning on IQ 106.9 FM, said Kane "has no idea" what she is talking about in the Sandusky case. "To make those statements without any facts in front of her, without having any information about what went on in the office, that was a reckless disregard for the truth on her part," said Corbett, who denied that campaign contributions influenced his actions.
Kane this afternoon said Corbett's claims were an attempt to "divert" attention from the fact that his investigation of Sandusky took nearly three years. She said as a prosecutor and a mother she was "very shocked that a predator, a pedophile, was left on the streets for three years around children. He essentially had access to a candy store of children. So there is no politics involved."
Kane spoke at campaign news conference with 12 former prosecutors, including former Gov. Ed Rendell, former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham and the Democratic candidates for state Attorney General in 2000, 2004 and 2008. They called on Freed to ask the Republican State Leadership Committee to stop running ads that they said distort Kane's record on rape cases when she was an assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County.
Kane said she asked Freed last week to request that the RSLC stop running the ads, which have been on heavy rotation on four Philadelphia television stations for more than a week.
"He agreed that they were a lie and said there was nothing he could do about it," Kane said. "I suggested that he ask his people to take the ads down or, at the very least, do a press release saying that they are lies and asking for them to be denounced."
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