The former Attorney General of Maryland, Doug Gansler, stood at a podium in the auditorium of the National Constitution Center, and answered the questions reporters had intended for PA’s embattled AG Kathleen Kane.
It was that kind of day.
The event began with Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo introducing a number of the offensive emails which were displayed on the background wall of the theater. A representative from Philly NOW then spoke in support of Kane’s action, although the young woman declined to address any questions at that time. At least she said reporters could contact her later.
Just a few moments after that, Kane took the stage to a splattering of applause.
Denouncing the “thousands” of email messages, Kane introduced Gansler as the Special Prosecutor in charge of the event.
Like during her previous statement to the press, reporters in the audience interrupted the Attorney General to ask questions only to be ignored.
Shortly thereafter, Kane turned to critics of the investigation.
“To the few who challenge it [her authority to appoint a Special Prosecutor], including some members of my own staff, I pose a simple three-pronged question,” Kane stated. “1. Are you a white male? 2. Are you or one of your buddies in this email network? 3. Are you trying to get my job without the benefit of having to run for it and being chosen by the people of Pennsylvania.”
She then advocated for minorities who may have been made fun of by the attorneys and judges who are supposed to protect them and made the same point about women.
“No women should go to work and be subject to consistent treatment of disgusting indignity by women-haters,” she said. “Because they were born with one less body part, which the last I heard does not contain any extra brain cells.”
Kane soon left without taking any questions.
Gansler spent the majority of his time defending his authority despite the suspension of Kane’s law license and stated that his intention is to complete the investigation for less than the $2 million that was spent on the Moulton Report.