Attorney General Kathleen Kane didn’t listen.
Couloumbis and McCoy also uncovered a second alleged incident.
Kane knew of the accusations before Duecker was hired as Chief of Staff but brought him on anyway. A few days later, the department’s Human Resources division formally advised the AG to fire him.
The Attorney General’s new spokesman Chuck Ardo responded that Kane is still confident she made the right call and will stand by her decision to keep Duecker.
While it could be argued this episode is the least of Kane’s problems, it still hurts her in an important way.
The AG’s defenders have contended that Kane is being targeted because she is willing to take on the “old boys club” and that her opponents are angry that their own embarrassing behavior could be made public.
As Kane herself told Maria Panaritis, “There are a group of guys who really are angry, who really do not want me there and they are doing everything they can to remove me.”
Yet by overlooking Duecker’s own problems, she undercuts her own primary line of defense.