Kane isn’t firing Duecker, though, she is firing the person who recommended she not hire him in the first place.
According to Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy of the Inquirer, Kane has fired the office’s labor relations coordinator George Moore.
Moore was told only that the AG wanted to “go in a new direction.”
“It’s a personnel issue,” Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo said.
Last month, we learned that the Attorney General’s Chief of Staff Jonathan Duecker had been accused of sexual harassment by two women. We soon found out that Kane knew of this issue before hiring Duecker and that she rejected the recommendation (from Moore) that she fire Duecker.
In fact, the Chief of Staff’s powers were actually increased, with Duecker getting control over personnel decisions. The man who used to have that authority, Deputy AG Bruce Beemer, testified against Kane in the Mondesire grand jury investigation.
Beemer, though, is at least still employed. Moore’s firing marks the second instance in which Kane has removed someone because of apparent disloyalty.
The head of the appeals office, James Barker, was fired in April. He also testified against the AG. After first saying that the change was the result of “restructuring”, Kane’s office then accused Barker of being responsible for leaks in his department.
Given this history, it seems possible (if not probable) that Moore was fired because his recommendation against Duecker became public.
So for those keeping track at home, (and we created a helpful timeline because this can be quite complex) the Attorney General, who admittedly leaked information to embarrass an opponent, has potentially fired a second staffer who she fears leaked information embarrassing to her.
Thus begins another chapter of this long, ongoing saga.