A someday senator? Maybe. A boxing fan? Yes.
EVERY DECEMBER, Pennsylvania's political class makes a bipartisan pilgrimage to Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria to drink cocktails, rub elbows and talk shop. Much of the gossip at the latest Pennsylvania Society outing revolved around the possibility of Democratic state Attorney General Kathleen Kane challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016, thanks to a story by the People Paper's Chris Brennan the day of the event.
The next week, Daily News writer Sean Collins Walsh sat down in Harrisburg with Kane, 47, the first woman to win a statewide election in Pennsylvania, to talk about her current job - her term ends in January 2017 - and her future ambitions.
Q I won't beat around the bush: Are you planning to run for Senate?
I am planning to run for attorney general. I love my job. I really do. I'm not saying that I'll never run for Senate or for anything down the road but I made a campaign promise that I am not running for anything during my first term.
Q Does that mean that you will step down if you decide to run for another office before your first term ends?
I don't know. If it's at the end of the term and I don't have to, I really don't know. The point of my last statement was that I want to be the attorney general. It's what I was elected to do. I think I'm good at it.
Whatever happens to me down the road, I don't think about that. I think about where this state needs to be, and if we get to a point where I think that I've done all that I can do and there's another job that comes up that I can step into and be helpful, I'll think about it.
Q In your campaign, you described yourself as a prosecutor, not a politician. Is it still fair to say you're not a politician?
Absolutely. A politician to me is somebody who bases their decision on a party and not based upon what's best.
A statesman or a stateswoman is someone who checks their politics at the door and does the best job they can do. And that's what I think I am.
I have to go through the political process because this is an elected office. I am a prosecutor, I do my job, and hopefully in the end I'll be remembered as a stateswoman.
Q Do you have a political role model or someone you
No. I don't.
Q What's your daily routine?
There is no actual daily routine, but I'm up every morning usually 5:30, 6 o'clock. If I'm in Scranton [where she and her family live], I see my kids off to school and then we drive two hours to Harrisburg. I have a protection detail and they drive and I also have an executive assistant that goes with me, so we go through all the mail, all the scheduling requests, phone calls, emails.
We get here and I am scheduled back to back with meetings, or I go and speak. My favorite part is to be in the office and to actually get the work done. At the end of all of that, most days we drive back to Scranton.
Q So, Scranton isn't too far from New York City. Are you a New York sports fan or a Philadelphia sports fan?
Philadelphia. I lived in Philly. My husband does root for the Yankees and the Red Sox.
I have my two boys: One is a Phillies fan, and one is a Red Sox fan. One's an Eagles fan, one is a Patriots fan.
Q You were criticized this year because you gave a promotion to your twin sister, who worked in the Attorney General's Office before you were elected. I want to put her qualifications aside for a moment. Given that this office is charged with prosecuting corruption and crime, isn't it particularly important that you avoid even the appearance of impropriety to maintain the people's faith?
I have to correct you on saying I promoted my sister. I did not. When we came in, the very first thing we did was create a chart on conflicts of interest. My sister was here five years before I even got here. Any personnel matters that had to to do with her didn't come to me at all.
And quite frankly, that's the way I like it. I am aware that people elected me because they trust me. They don't want their government officials to just do things for themselves, and I didn't run for this job for that reason. Quite frankly, I didn't need a job. I ran for it because a job needed to be done and I knew I could do it.
There's no appearance of a conflict, because I had nothing to do with it. And, listen, if at the end of the day my first deputy decided that she was the best one, then that's what's best for the commonwealth. And if I have to take a hit in the newspaper, then so be it.
Q You went to Temple's law school, and you worked at a Philadelphia law firm. What are your favorite Philly spots?
I used to love to go the Blue Horizon, up on Broad Street. It was very tiny, and we used to take clients there and sometimes we'd have ringside - well, they're not seats. You were so close. When they would punch each other, their sweat would spray the crowd.
Q And you liked this?
I did. I don't know why. It was exciting. Very small. It wasn't an arena. They served, like, 16-ounce cans of Old Milwaukee. Warm.
Q Did something about hand-to-hand combat make you want to be a prosecutor?
Maybe. I think you're digging way into my psyche there, but maybe. Yeah, I'm a street fighter.