A combative primary, a trio of special elections and a press conference unlike any other. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has had many bad weeks. This one, however, may have been the strangest. Of course, we must start with that press conference. Instead of delivering a detailed defense against what she has been charged with, Kane decided to construct a political narrative around her enemies. Seeking to shift the focus to Porngate, Kane called on Judge Carpenter to release all the emails only for him to respond that the AG never filed an official petition. Additionally, in the last few days, Kane’s driver was arraigned and her law license threatened. It’s gotten to the point where we’re asking our readers how this whole saga will end. Finally, watching her fight back tears as she addressed her sons on live television, we were left to wonder what went wrong.
Possible AG Replacements. If you’re looking to be the next Attorney General, however, this was a great week. The only downside is that there are a lot of you. First of all, there is the question of what will happen should Kane not finish her term. We reported that ex-Philly DA Lynne Abraham is already lobbying for that assignment. Then, John Morganelli and Jack Stollsteimer emerged as 2016 Democratic candidates. They join State Sen. John Rafferty, State Rep. Todd Stephens and Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro as presumed or declared candidates for the 2016 race.
Steve Santarsiero and Shaughnessy Naughton. Negative contests tend to hurt everyone involved. If that is indeed the case, then this was a tough week for both competitors in the PA-8 Democratic primary. The Santarsiero campaign went after Naughton through her top strategist (and fiance) Josh Morrow. Pointing to Morrow’s role in the Kane investigation, Santarsiero’s campaign manager Gabrielle Quintana Greenfield questioned Naughton’s judgment. It’s not exactly rare for political contests to get nasty but you don’t often see it happen this early. If this week was any indication, the two Democrats are in for a long eight months.
Philly Dems. You might have missed it, but there were three special elections last Tuesday. The reason you probably forgot about it is because all three contests were in Philadelphia. The Democratic Party, though, still held onto the three seats despite the fact that two of them were open because of the infamous sting operation that Kane shut down and Seth Williams restarted. If Democrats didn’t face any difficulty in this situation, then it seems clear that Philly is still the party’s stronghold.
Ed Rendell. Speaking of Philly Democrats, Ed Rendell also had a great week as he got to throw his support behind two close allies. First, he was named chair of Katie McGinty’s Senate campaign. That election gives him the chance to help out an old cabinet member and finally get revenge on Joe Sestak for beating Arlen Specter in 2010. He also formally endorsed Jim Kenney, the favorite to hold the job he once held, Mayor of Philadelphia.
The tweet of the week goes to the account born from the Attorney General’s unfortunate flub during her news conference.
Hello, PA! I'm excited to announce that I hereby officially resign as Attorney General to pursue my film career. #BoondogMillionaire
— Kathleen B. M. Kane (@BdogMillionaire) August 12, 2015