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Brady Criticizes Kane For Neglecting Bribery Scandal

KaneThings keep getting worse for Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

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.

Earlier this week, the Inquirer revealed Williams would be charging two State Reps in connection with the sting.

“She challenged him,” Brady concluded, “and he took the challenge.”

The long-time Congressman is yet another Philadelphia power broker that has questioned Kane’s conduct. In addition to Brady and Williams, Kane’s feud with prosecutor Frank Fina is already well-known.

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.

53 Responses

  1. The reader is advised to review follow-up info on another page of Politics-PA.

  2. This weekend,the Inquirer has done such a good job taking apart Kane and attempting to convince her not to run (by providing opposition research) that I think there’s hope a Pulitzer-hungry reporter gets to the bottom of the coincidences which led to teacher’s union pensions bailing out Tom Wolf’s company.

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