Friday, December 26, 2014

Kane Cancels

Democratic AG candidate Kathleen Kane has become the first-ever candidate to cancel an appearance before the Pennsylvania Press Club; one wonders why.

Kane Cancels

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer’s editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, you know who Kathleen Kane is, right?

BE: Sure, the Scranton Democrat vying to become in the state’s first-ever elected woman and first-elected Democrat to serve as attorney general.

JB: Well, she just added another first.

BE: Oh?

JB: Monday she became the first candidate in the 16-year history of the Pennsylvania Press Club to cancel a scheduled appearance.

BE: Why would she do that?

JB: Campaign says something about a scheduling conflict.

BE: Wait. As I recall, the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg, carried statewide that same night by PCN, amounts to 30-minutes of free TV in every media market.

JB: Yep. And she was scheduled September 24, a date her campaign agreed to months ago.

BE: Well, either she didn’t want to face the Q&A part of the luncheon or she figures she doesn’t need the exposure. Wasn’t there an Inky poll showing her well ahead?

JB: There was. Last month she held an 11-point lead, 40-29, but with 30 percent undecided.

BE: That’s a lot of undecided. You’d think she’d take advantage of an opportunity to help them decide.

JB: You’d think.

BE: And remind me who she’s running against.

JB: Republican Cumberland County DA Dave Freed who addressed the Press Club back in June and gave a solid performance.

BE: Well, Kane probably still wins, eh? Big Philly Democratic turnout for Obama, and women generally pee-oed at Republicans, versus a GOP candidate from a small county base?

JB: Probably. But the way candidate conducts a campaign often signals how he or she serves in office if elected. And in terms of political smarts and keeping commitments, this isn’t a good signal.

BE: Yeah, but maybe she’s just trying to put together a string of firsts: first candidate to snub the club, first woman elected AG, first Democrat to hold the office.

JB: Yeah, maybe.



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