Brady Criticizes Kane For Neglecting Bribery Scandal
She is under even more criticism but this time it’s friendly fire.
According to Thomas Fitzgerald and Maria Panaritis of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Democratic Congressman Bob Brady called out the Attorney General for her comments concerning an investigation of Philly State Representatives.
“People make mistakes,” Brady told Fitzgerald and Panaritis. “There’s plenty of time to see how she handles herself, but this is certainly a misstep. It looks like she was asleep at the switch.”
In 2013, the Attorney General called off a sting operation into whether State Reps in Philly were taking bribes. After the Inquirer revealed this last March, Kane said the investigation was “deeply flawed” and “there may have been a racial focus” to it.
Later, Kane and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams got in a public argument after Williams accepted Kane’s challenge to prosecute the cases.
“She challenged him,” Brady concluded, “and he took the challenge.”
The Attorney General was never the most popular official in Philadelphia to begin with. In 2012, for instance, she defeated former Bucks County Congressman and Philly-born Patrick Murphy in the Democratic primary. Kane received only 37% of the vote in Philadelphia in that race.
With so many prominent Philly politicos critiquing the AG, it leaves the door open (if only slightly) that Kane could face a primary challenge when she seeks re-election in 2016.
Regardless, the Democratic Party is anything but united behind her right now.