Kathleen Kane's big day with big Dems


Big time Dems are coming out in force in Philadelphia for attorney general candidate Kathleen Kane today.

First up, a Center City press conference at 1:30 p.m. featuring Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, former district attorneys Ed Rendell and Lynn Abraham join forces to press GOP candidate David Freed to denounce what they are calling “false attacks” by a Republican campaign group.

The TV and radio ads – sponsored by the Washington, D.C- based group Republican State Leadership Committee - suggesting Kane was soft on rape cases during her tenure as an assistant district attorney, aired for four days in the Philadelphia media market even after the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, where Kane had worked, complained that it misrepresented her record and the father of a victim called it a lie.

The Philadelphia prosecutors in a press release denounced the ads as a “blatantly false and vicious” attack by a “Tom Corbett-funded Republican group.”  Corbett was the headline guest at a July 11 fundraiser ($5,000 a head suggested donation) for the RSLC at Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia.

Freed and his campaign have been silent on the ads. Attempts to reach a Freed spokesman late last week were unsuccessful.

This evening Kane campaign gets a boost from none other than former President Bill Clinton, my colleague Tom Fitzgerald report. Clinton will be the featured guest at a fundraising reception.

The event promises to bring in from $400,000 to $500,000 for her campaign, said Philadelphia lawyer Alan Kessler, the organizer. “Anytime Bill Clinton comes to Philadelphia, the rivers and the oceans divide and people want to be there,” Kessler told Fitzgerald. “It’s generated a lot of excitement.”

Clinton got involved in the Democratic primary, cutting ads, making calls and appearances for Kane. She was running against former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County, who had endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary over Hillary Clinton.

Philadelphia and its suburbs were a strong base for Murphy in the primary, making Clinton’s continued support all the more important, Kessler said. The former president is going to the fundraiser before his 8 p.m. appearance at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia Speakers Series.


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