Capitolwire: Kane Ducking Press in “Unprecedented” Fashion

Have you seen this woman?

Democrat Kathleen Kane is more comfortable making a TV ad than talking to reporters. That’s the take of Pete DeCoursey of Capitolwire, who described Kane’s relationship with the press in a column Monday.

A column, it bears note, that Kane’s opponent and the Pa. Republican Party eagerly emailed to reporters.

Kane, a former assistant District Attorney from Lackawanna County, faces Dave Freed, the Cumberland County District Attorney.

DeCoursey wrote, in part:

Sometime this week you will be able to turn on your TV and see both candidates for attorney general, in TV ads. Tonight you can tune in to see the Democrat, Kathleen Kane, and the Republican, David Freed, debate with a third-party candidate on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

So at least reporters around the state and people trying to tell voters who Kathleen Kane is will know she is still alive and still in the race.

Because while Freed has kept up a public schedule of campaigning events, and welcomed media coverage and answered questions at length, Kane has ducked scrutiny more than any other Pennsylvania statewide candidate in my tenure covering statewide politics.

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Kane’s staff said it was a private event and she had no time then to talk to us or the other hordes of Capitol reporters all trying to arrange to travel with her so they could tell their readers about her. The same thing happened this week again. She came to downtown Harrisburg, two blocks from the reporters trying to cover her campaign, and ducked them all.

Now just to be clear, for a sitting governor or senator to act this regally and imperially would be unprecedented.

It was easier, much easier, to ride along with Sen. Arlen Specter when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, or Rick Santorum when he was the third-ranking Senate GOP leader, or Ed Rendell or Tom Ridge when they were mid-term governors, than it is to find out where Kathleen Kane is campaigning.

Compared to Kathleen Kane’s campaign, Gov. Tom Corbett’s team are Chatty Cathy’s of information.

Read the full article here (subscription).

Update: Kane’s camp pushed back against the Capitolwire story, noting that Kane has had over 30 press availabilities and editorial board meetings since Sept. 10.

They also accused Freed of skipping out on another proposed debate hosted by WHYY’s Marty Moss-Coane after the details were set.

Freed’s camp said he’s had 80 press avails since Sept. 1 and accepted 6 out of 7 debate invitations. A spokesman said Freed never committed to the WHYY on-air debate and ultimately declined because the host declined to set forth any format rules.

Moss-Coane’s produced Dennis Devine said both sides were right, in a sense.

“Both sides agreed to an in-studio debate on our show, and we scheduled it for Thursday,” he said. “Only the Freed campaign eventually followed up with preconditions and questions about formal debate parameters, but our offer was for a free-flowing in-studio debate/conversation of the kind that Marty has been hosting for her 25 years. Marty, Radio Times host & executive producer, did not agree to the formal debate structure, or at least clarification of the structure, that the Freed campaign said they wanted (after we had understood them to confirm/agree to join us Thursday), and the Freed campaign essentially backed out at that point, saying we failed to provide them with the structure/assurance that they requested.”

“At that point, we notified the Kane campaign that the debate was not happening. From their perspective, I understand why they thought ‘everything was set.'”

October 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, PA Offices 2012, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “Capitolwire: Kane Ducking Press in “Unprecedented” Fashion”

  1. Inconvenient Truth says:

    Without taxpayer funded subscriptions for all reps, senators, agencies, etc., Capitolwire goes under. Who controls the purse strings and gets money in the budget for Capitolwire subscriptions? GOP. That’s why right before an election you’ll see a DeCoursey hatchet job on Dems.

  2. Matt says:

    Based on every poll I’ve seen, Kane is spanking Corbett Jr, so why should she change campaign strategy now? Seems to me Governor Corbett is sweating a little bit the truth may come about about his Sandusky “investigation” when Kane wins!

  3. seve miskin says:

    This article is absolutely correct. All Democrats should be required to spend all their time talking to reporters who are openly hostile to them. Republicans should get a pass on all questions about what they did or did not do with regard to child abuse investigations or what they knew or did not know about family members pocketing huge sums at the expense of orphans. It is the American way. God bless, America.

  4. Michael says:

    Kane avoids the press because she only has canned lines about being independent and “cleaning up Harrisburg” to offer. She hasn’t worked as an attorney in five years and in the debate she was talking about trying jury cases as the Attorney General, which never happens because the AG has to run an office of 800 people. She avoids the press because she would reveal how unprepared she is to run an office for the first time in her life.

  5. ABCDEF says:

    The question would be…why???

    I do agree with the Morrow comments above, but it seems there is no percentage whatsoever in Kane avoiding reporters.

  6. delco observer says:

    Wow…I think Mr. deCoursey is a bit unfair.

    Mr. deCuorsey seems to be leaning…compares her to every GOP governor or Senator (except for Guv Rendell who was a reporters best friend) Shocking the tone of this GOP leaning hit-piece…
    Contrary to Mr. deCoursey, seems from the endorsements she has earned, Mrs. Kane must have spent substantial time with journalists.

    For the GOP, because their candidate is so boring, it needs people like deCoursey to gin up some controversy to get Freed, the Corbett clone, to have Freed’s name in the paper. It seems to have done the job as far as that goes, since as your article mentions, the piece was sent out to every reporter by the GOP, and you lend credence to it by writing about a non-issue.

    What did Mr. Freed think about the GOP walking out of a vote on sending the Sandusky affair and Freed’s mentor Corbett’s conduct to the US Department of Justice for review? Has Mr. deCoursey gotten Freed’s take on that during the unprecedented access he claims to have received?

    Mrs. Kane is very accessible, and is always willing to talk to voters…it is unfortunate that certain members of the media feel it necessary to elevate their feelings above others.

  7. SEPA Reporter says:

    Josh Morrow has historically been horrible for the press to deal with. Look at his past campaigns and it all makes sense. Having him around might end up costing Ms. Kane as much as it has cost Mr. Knox and Mr. McCaffrey.

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