Kane called a press conference to reveal the news and sought at first to tout her accomplishments.
“I believe that we’ve had great successes”, she stated. “We’ve made great strides and there’s more work to be done.”
“Every single day since I was elected, I’ve tried to clean up this commonwealth,” Kane continued. “I told you I would fight corruption and I’m fighting corruption, regardless of the cost to me.”
An emotional Kane went on to mention her two sons. She noted that they’ve gone from the ages of 8 and 9 from when she first started the job to 14 and 15, “little boys to young men” as she put it.
“I love being the Attorney General, I love serving the people of Attorney General. I hope they know that,” she stated. “While I love Pennsylvania, I love my sons first.”
“This was not an easy decision but I will not seek the Democratic nomination for re-election as Attorney General.”
She went on to cite the recent Harper poll showing her leading the other Democrats running and asserted that this decision is solely the result of wanting to spend more time with her sons. She did not, however, give any indication that she will resign before January.
Finally, Kane mentioned a picture of Bobby Kennedy that sits in her office although her announcement is more reminiscent of LBJ’s 1968 pledge to forego re-election.
While the AG is giving up on re-election, it does not appear that she is giving up on her fight.
“I will rest peacefully knowing that we marched into hell to fight an unheavenly foe,” she concluded.