With incumbent Kathleen Kane announcing that she will not run for re-election this November, the race for the Democratic nomination is down to Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala and Northampton District Attorney John Morganelli.
Each AG hopeful responded to Kane’s press conference with their own statement, which we’ve included below:
“I commend Kathleen Kane for doing what is right for Pennsylvania by not filing for reelection. Now we need to choose the best Democrat to change Harrisburg. It is clear that the Republicans will nominate someone who has been part of gridlock and politics as usual in the state legislature. We know they won’t get illegal guns off our streets or hold the drillers accountable when they pollute our drinking water. I believe we must reform the office of Attorney General, clean up the ethical mess in Pennsylvania, and then protect everyone in our Commonwealth by going after the special interests that stack the deck against everyday Pennsylvanians.”
“From the start of this campaign, Stephen Zappala has said that whether or not Attorney General Kathleen Kane seeks reelection is a decision she has to make and he respects the decision she made today. Stephen Zappala entered this race because he believes he is best positioned by his long and highly-regarded career as the District Attorney in one of the biggest and busiest prosecutors offices in America, to restore confidence in the office of Attorney General. District Attorney Zappala has a proven track record of holding public officials and powerful corporations accountable who have betrayed the public trust. He will provide the steady hand, strong leadership and unquestioned integrity needed to right the path of the Attorney General’s office,” said Marty Marks, Zappala’s campaign manager.
I think Ms. Kane’ s decision today was very personal and difficult. I always liked Ms. Kane and I wish for her the best as she faces the challenges with respect to her law license and the allegations against her.
UPDATE: Republican candidate and State Sen. John Rafferty released a statement of his own:
“The Office of Attorney General is in disarray and desperately needs new leadership. My campaign is about forging a new path ahead for the Office of Attorney General. As the next Attorney General, I pledge to restore integrity and the public’s confidence in the office. That is why I am the only candidate in this race who has pledged to run for Attorney General and not use this office as a stepping stone for higher office. I am proud to have the support of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police and the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association.”