Governing Magazine has listed newly elected PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane as a State Official to Watch.
The magazine cites Kane’s historic and successful election, as well as her strong career as a prosecutor and the criticism of Tom Corbett’s handling of the Sandusky case, as reasons for recognition.
From the piece
“In 2012, Kane became the first woman in state history to be elected attorney general, as well as the first Democrat. A graduate of the University of Scranton and Temple University Law School, Kane was a prosecutor in Lackawanna County, Pa., chairing the county’s first insurance fraud task force and working on cases involving white-collar criminals, senior citizens and child abuse. Her experience in child abuse prosecutions lent credibility to her campaign for attorney general, which she began as an underdog against former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in the Democratic primary. As a candidate, Kane criticized former AG and GOP Gov. Tom Corbett for his handling of the three-year investigation into Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. Corbett has been criticized for the slow pace of the investigation into Sandusky, who would later be convicted of repeated child sexual assaults. In the general election, Kane ended up with 56 percent of the vote, outpolling Obama, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and every other statewide elected official. Her focus on Sandusky and Corbett could prove to be pivotal in the 2014 gubernatorial election.”
Kane has no plans to run in 2014, as her focus has been on the desire to finish out her term. However, the folks at Governing Magazine aren’t the only ones who recognize her potential. Her name was generating buzz for Corbett’s seat even before she was elected.