Friday, February 12, 2016

Kane wins Clinton endorsement., Murphy rallies against ultrasound bill

News today in the hot race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

Kane wins Clinton endorsement., Murphy rallies against ultrasound bill


News today in the hot race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. 

Kathleen Kane won a high-profile endorsement from former President Bill Clinton.

Her opponent, former congressman Patrick Murphy, appeared in Harrisburg at a rally against a proposalto make pre-abortion ultra-sounds mandatory. Murphy also today won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO.

"This legislation is an outrageous assault on women’s rights in Pennsylvania and an unprecedented intrusion into decisions that should be made exclusively between a woman and her doctor," said Murphy at a rally hosted by the Lancaster County Democrats. 

Murphy has demanded Gov. Corbett apologize to the women of Pennyslvania for comments he made suggesting they "just look away" while undergoing a forced procedure and withdraw his support for the bill (HB 1077).

Murphy said he doubted such a proposal would pass constitutional muster and could not defend it if elected attorney general.  

Meanwhile, in his statement of support for Kane, Clinton said:  

"The attorney general can have an enormous positive impact, so it’s important to elect someone who understands how to use the office and the legal system to protect and advance the lives of Pennsylvanians," said Clinton, mentioning that he had served as attorney general of Arkansas before being elected governor. 

Clinton also said he hopes Kane, a former assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, will become the first woman ever elected attorney general by the people of Pennsylvania.”

Kane, who was a donor and the northeastern Pennsylvania volunteer coordinator for Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008, said she was "energized" by the president's endorsement.

(The current attorney general, Linda Kelly, was appointed by Gov. Corbett to finish his term and agreed not to run for election.)

Cumberland County district attorney David Freed is the party-endorsed GOP candidate. Former auditor general Don Bailey is running as an independent.


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