BREAKING: Kane Hires Castor as Solicitor General

Kathleen-Kane-portrait1Attorney General Kathleen Kane is bringing Bruce Castor into the fold.

The former Montgomery County District Attorney will serve as Solicitor General, a position newly created by Kane.

Castor is a Republican who unsuccessfully ran against Democrat Kevin Steele last year in an attempt to return to the Montco DA office. Steele is one of the leading prosecutors in the case against Kane.

According to Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer, this is also a shot at First Deputy Bruce Beemer who Kane does not trust.

The full statement from the AG’s office is included below:

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced a new position within the Office of Attorney General. The position of Solicitor General was added to strengthen and support the leadership of the Executive Office and further the initiatives of the Attorney General on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Kane hired Bruce L. Castor to fill this important role.

Various Attorneys General across the nation employ a Solicitor General to serve as a check and balance and assist in facilitating the mission of the Office of Attorney General.

Pursuant to the Commonwealth Attorneys’ Act of 1978, the Attorney General has the authority to create positions in order to carry out the duties of the OAG in the best interest of the Commonwealth.

Mr. Castor is a graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law and previously served as Montgomery County District Attorney and Montgomery County Commissioner.

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