Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kane's press office pick decides to stay put

Gone before he started.

Kane's press office pick decides to stay put



Gone before he started.

That's what happened to Chris Kelly who was supposed to join Attorney General Kathleen Kane's turnover-plagued press team next month.

Kelly, a columnist for the Scranton Times-Tribune, decided to stay put. That's what his newspaper announced Friday.

In what was supposed to be his final column today, the 17-year-veteran of the Times writes that he felt his calling remained in newspapers.

"Journalism is not just a job. It’s who I am. I don’t know who I’d be without it," he wrote. "I was sick over surrendering my place in the history of this great newspaper and the community it serves when so much of it remains unwritten."

Meanwhile, Kane's press operation, which has seen the departure of two press secretaries since the Democrat took office in 2013, is now staffed primarily by assistant press secretary J.J. Abbott.

His supervisor, Renee Martin, the office's education director now has the added responsibility of acting as communications director.

Martin did not immediately respond to a request for comment





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