“Kathleen is a great Democrat who understands that an Attorney General’s job is to stand up for consumers and people,” Clinton said in a Kane campaign press release. “I’m proud to endorse my friend Kathleen Kane and I hope she’ll become the first woman ever elected Attorney General by the people of Pennsylvania.”
“Pennsylvania has always been Clinton Country,” said Kane, “so I am energized by the President’s endorsement and the momentum it provides my campaign. Moreover, it’s an honor to be endorsed by President Clinton, someone who demonstrated the right kind of leadership for Pennsylvania and America.”
Kane, a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County, was an active supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. She directed her campaign efforts in northeast Pa.
Her opponent in the Democratic primary is Patrick Murphy, a former Congressman from Bucks County. The Republican candidate is Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed.
“We expected this,” said Murphy spokesman Nat Binns. “Kathleen Kane is a long time supporter of the Clintons.”
Murphy backed Barack Obama in the 2008 primary.
Kane also pulled in the endorsement of her home county Democratic committee on Sunday night.
Here is Clinton’s full statement:
“The first elected office I ever held was Attorney-General, so it’s a job I know something about. 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. Kathleen Kane would make a great Attorney General. She’s smart and tough. She’s prosecuted more than 3000 cases, protected senior citizens, and put child molesters and violent criminals behind bars,” remarked President Clinton. “Kathleen is a great Democrat who understands that an Attorney General’s job is to stand up for consumers and people. I’m proud to endorse my friend Kathleen Kane and I hope she’ll become the first woman ever elected Attorney General by the people of Pennsylvania.”