Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Comedian Kane

State Atty. Gen. Kathleen Kane did a short stand-up act at the start of an address to the PA Press Club Monday; pretty funny.

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Kathleen Kane surprised attendees at the monthly PA Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg on Monday when she began her remarks with a stand-up routine.

The state's attorney general used jokes and props to poke fun at five high-profile issues.

For example, as legal proceedings got under way at Dauphin County courthouse in the PA Turnpike pay-to-play scandal (in which Kane charged eight people), she said she tried to use her turnpike E-ZPass but it was rejected and a photo of her popped up "with a red line through it."

Then, in reference to the upcoming re-trial on the constitutionality of the state's controversial voter ID bill, Kane said after she couldn't get on the pike she was on I-81 when a breeze blew her ID card out the window. She said it was her voter ID so she doesn't know what she'll do in November.

Next came a reference to her rejecting Gov. Corbett's proposed contract to privatize the lottery. She pulled out a scratch-and-win lottery ticket wondering if she'd get lucky.

Then, claiming she didn't get a chance to eat, she referenced her office's investigation of the Hershey Trust by pulling out a large Hershey bar and said she needed to keep her blood-sugar up.

Finally, feeling thirsty, she hoisted a large bottle of what she called "shale water," took a sip and said the nice thing about shale water is it's both "chemical-free and tax-free."

Kane drew laughter from a packed house at the Harrisburg Hilton and a subsequent invite to take part the capitol press corps' annual Gridiron Show in the fall, an off-the-record roasting of lawmakers, the governor and other state officials.

She did more than comedy, though. She also detailed her activites since taking office, including 600 narcotics arrests and, in five months, doubling the number of arrests of child predators made during all of 2012.

And, while declining to give up specifics or a timeline of her promised investigation into the office's handling of the Jerry Sandusky case, she said she's pleased with the pace of the probe, the cooperation she's getting and pledged not to release any details until the full review is complete.

"The investigation is continuing and as soon as it is done, we will make our findings known to the public,” Kane said.

The state's first elected female and Democratic attorney general ran a tighly-controlled campaign last year. Her Press Club appearance showed a sense of humor not often seen in the Capital City.

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