In her first TV interview of the year, Attorney General Kathleen Kane came out defiant, after KDKA political editor Jon Delano – who bagged the exclusive – jumped straight into the tough questions.
Kane denied that she violated the grand jury process by leaking information from a grand jury investigation to Philadelphia Daily News.
“I don’t believe I did. I’ve been in the grand jury for many years as a prosecutor, and I don’t believe I did,” Kane said. “That’s going to be up to the district attorney to decide.”
Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman is weighing charges of perjury against Kane, based on her testimony in front the grand jury. Last month, Ferman’s investigators searched Kane’s office in Harrisburg for emails relating to the leak.
In the interview with Delano, Kane said she would not resign if charged by Ferman and was adamant she will seek re-election next year.
“I’ve always been running for re-election next year,” Kane said. Last week, Kane’s seventh spokesman Chuck Ardo told PoliticsPA “the attorney general has been too busy doing her job to focus any attention toward her re-election.”
Kane’s said her platform will center on her work against child predators and heroin rings in the state.
“Child predator arrests are up 800 percent in my administration, drug arrests are up 30 percent,” Kane said. ” We have the nation’s first mobile street crimes unit that’s now on its third deployment.”
Although the election is still over 15 months away, Republican lawmakers are starting to throw their hats in the ring. A month ago, State Sen. John Rafferty announced his campaign for Attorney General, while Montco State Rep. Todd Stephens has said he is “actively exploring” a run for the office.