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Dem AG Hopeful Kane Talks PSU on ‘Hardball’

By Natalka Karaman, Contributing Writer

Attorney General hopeful Kathleen Kane got a bit of national exposure Monday, as the former prosecutor talked with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about the the sex abuse scandal at Penn State.

Kane’s campaign literature highlights her efforts, as an assistant Lackawanna County District Attorney from 1995-2007, to form the office’s child abuse/sexual assault unit.

“We do need the change the laws in Pennsylvania,” she said. Kane joined a growing chorus of voices calling for laws to more strictly require reporting of sexual abuse of minors, including Governor Tom Corbett. Reporting should be required, “as soon as you can get to a phone,” she said.

Mathews concluded the interview by questioning her about the statute of limitation on matters such as this. She explained that children who are sexually abused under the age of 18 are allowed to bring charges forward until the age of 50.

Kane isn’t only Pa. political figure to discuss the issue on national TV. Corbett made the rounds of national news talk shows on Sunday.

Kane faces a two Democratic primary opponents in her bid for AG: former assistant Philadelphia District Attorney Dan McCaffery and former congressman Patrick Murphy. On the Republican side, Pa. Senator John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Cumberland County DA Dave Freed.

Matthews introduced Kane as a, “Democratic candidate for Attorney General in Pennsylvania next year and has prosecuted sexual abuse cases.” He laughed that Murphy is his “buddy,” but said he looked forward to bringing Kane back.

Kane handled her national television debut well, especially as a first-time candidate. She successfully built on her brand as a tough-as-nails prosecutor.

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8 Responses

  1. Good job by some political consultant with ties to Matthews to get her on. Wonder who is doing her media?

  2. Kane has a much better chance in a congressional race in her backyard. First run for office should not be statewide.

  3. Just what Pennsylvania needs. A woman top prosecutor who will protect our children. Go Kathleen.

  4. She came across as having just crammed for a test, she’s going to have a hard time against Patrick Murphy.

  5. I was very impressed with Kane’s interview. She appeared to be a tough prosecutor and that is what Pennsylvania needs in the AG office.

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