Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pres. Clinton rings up candidate Kane after victory

Late Tuesday night, shortly after the tight race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general was called in favor former Lackawanna prosecutor Kathleen Kane, her cell phone starts ringing.

Pres. Clinton rings up candidate Kane after victory



Shortly after the tight Democratic primary race for attorney general was called in favor of former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane, her cell phone started ringing.

Among the first callers late Tuesday night was her opponent, former U.S. House Rep. Patrick Murphy, of Bucks County, conceding the race and wishing her well.

The next call was from former President Clinton.

Clinton had endorsed Kane and attended a rally with her at Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove in the final days of the campaign.

Clinton told Kane that she "ran a great, hard-fought race" and that he "felt good about (her) winning in the fall," according to a Kane spokesman. 

Kane, who led the volunteer effort for Hillary Clinton in northeastern Pennsylvania during her 2008 presidential bid, told the president how much his appearance at the rally meant to her and her supporters.

She also said she would never forget his memorable description of her at the rally as a woman with a "steel spine and a caring heart."

Kane's camp says to look for Clinton to make a couple of return engagements for the Democrat in the fall when she squares off against Republican Attorney General nominee David Freed in the general election.




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