Kathleen Kane, the Democrat running for Attorney General, proudly announced her endorsement by a prominent law enforcement group on Tuesday. There’s just one problem: they didn’t endorse her.
“Very proud to receive the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association. Thank you for all the support!” read the post on Kane’s campaign facebook page. A similar update appeared on her Twitter feed. The posts have since been deleted.
The group backed neither Kane nor her Republican opponent Dave Freed. Endorsements by the group require a unanimous vote, but the result was split so they opted to stay out of the race.
“We asked the Kane campaign to take down the endorsement and they have complied,” PSTA President Joseph Kovel told PoliticsPA. “The PSTA will not endorse a candidate in this race.”
Freed’s camp pounced on Kane’s announcement.
“This is a new level of deception from Kathleen Kane,” said Freed Campaign Manager Tim Kelly. “Whether she’s running television ads that completely misrepresent her record or now claim law enforcement endorsements out of thin air, it’s clear that Kathleen Kane and telling the truth are at significant odds with one another.”
Kane’s camp chalked up the error to an overeager intern who mistakenly mischaracterized the image above.
Kane, a former Assistant District Attorney from Lackawanna County, has picked up several actual endorsements in recent days. Most notably, she has the backing of the powerful Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 in Philadelphia. She also racked up the support of numerous law enforcement officials and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #91 in Allegheny County.
Freed, the District Attorney of Cumberland County, has the endorsement of many of his colleagues from counties around the state as well as the Pennsylvania State Police Lodge #41and Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #76. The endorsement list on his website includes the Pa. State Trooper Association, which backed him in the GOP primary.