Less than a week removed from a trip to Florida, the PA Republican Party today dinged Attorney General hopeful Kathleen Kane for attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
PAGOP Chair Rob Gleason accused Kane of going to North Carolina to hide her her lack of credentials.
“Kathleen Kane jetted to Charlotte this week to mingle with the D.C. Democratic elite and avoid discussing her lackluster credentials with Pennsylvania voters,” said Gleason, whose luggage is likely still adorned with airport tags from his recent trip to the RNC in Tampa.
“It’s the latest in Kathleen Kane’s campaign strategy to hide her inexperience from Pennsylvania voters and camouflage the fact that she is an unqualified candidate in this race for Attorney General.”
Kane served as an assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County from 1995 to 2007.
The criticism originated with Kane’s opponent, Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed. He did not attend the RNC last week, as his campaign noted in a Wednesday press release, but campaigned in PA.
“I really hope the irony’s not lost on anyone that Kathleen Kane, who claims to be ‘a prosecutor, not a politician,’ has left the state of Pennsylvania for the week to glad-hand with the very political establishment she claims no connection to,” said Freed campaign manager Tim Kelly.
His campaign also clipped the above video of Kane applauding former President Bill Clinton during his Wednesday speech.
Kane has long been active in the Democratic party. A well-connected fundraiser, she took time off from her work as an attorney in 2008 to help coordinate Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in PA.
The Clintons returned the favor in April, when a rally with the former president and resulting television ad helped propel Kane to a victory over former Congressman Patrick Murphy.
Freed and Kane both attended the annual Pennsylvania Society events in New York City, New York in December.
Update: Kane’s campaign fired back.
“Everyone knows that Dave Freed is the handpicked choice of Tom Corbett and the Republican Harrisburg establishment, while Kathleen Kane won the Democratic nomination without her party’s establishment,” said Kane Communications Director Josh Morrow. “So our guess is Dave Freed really doesn’t want this campaign to become a debate on who will be a more independent Attorney General.”