According to the Associated Press, the Attorney General’s political consultant Ken Smukler believes Kane will run for re-election this year.
“If the question is, does she want to run for re-election, the answer is yes,” Smukler stated. “If the question is, does she intend to run right now, I think it is her intention to run and seek re-election. But every day changes in Kathleen Kane’s world.”
He also asserted that just because Kane hasn’t raised any money, that doesn’t mean she’ll have difficulty running a campaign.
“What does fundraising get you? It gets you money to buy TV to get what? Name recognition. I don’t think Kathleen Kane has a problem on name ID right now,” Smukler said.
Brad Bumsted of the Tribune-Review reached out to Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo, who confirmed the AG now wants to seek re-election.
“She indicated to me she is running for re-election,” Ardo told Bumsted. “I will not be able to speak for her campaign.”
As Craig McCoy and Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer point out, however, Kane has previously stated that she didn’t believe she could run again because of her law license suspension.
“I believe you have to be a lawyer in good standing to be able to run,” she said last September.
Of course, there are other major problems, such as the likelihood that Kane is going to be removed from office and the fact that she is still facing criminal charges. Her office doesn’t seem to have addressed those questions.
At this moment, State Sen. John Rafferty is the only GOP candidate in the race.