Murphy Endorses Former Rival Kane

Three weeks after Kathleen Kane defeated Patrick Murphy in the Attorney General primary, the former Congressman is calling for Democrats to reunite after the “family fight” and support Kane.

Kane, a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County defeated Murphy of Bucks County 52.8 to 47.2 percent.

The primary was often negative, with attacks coming from the Murphy camp that Kane was anti-union and not as strongly opposed to the ultrasound mandate as she should have been. Kane fired back that Murphy has zero experience prosecuting cases in the state (he was, however, an attorney in the U.S. Army and prosecuted cases abroad).

But Murphy officially came around Tuesday, announcing in a press release that although the primary was hard-fought, it is time “to rally behind our nominee.”

Murphy noted that Kane has a vision for the office of Attorney General, and that consumer protection, protecting the middle class and prosecuting child abuse would be top priorities.

“We need an Attorney General who will…defend the rights of every Pennsylvanian, not just those with money or power. So now, we Democrats must come together, beat David Freed, and deny Governor Corbett the Attorney General he hand-picked to protect his radical agenda,” Murphy said. His full remarks are below.

Kane will face Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed in November.

Here’s Murphy’s full statement:

“Primaries are never easy. But it’s important to remember that this was a family fight. Now that it’s over, we must come together and rally behind our nominee. That’s why I am endorsing Kathleen Kane for Attorney General. Because in the end, Kathleen is Pennsylvania’s best choice for Attorney General,” Murphy said.

“Kathleen is a fierce competitor. But she also has a vision for this office. We agree that consumer protection must be the cornerstone of this office and that we must do more to protect children from sexual abuse. We need an Attorney General who will protect the middle class and defend the rights of every Pennsylvanian, not just those with money or power. So now, we Democrats must come together, beat David Freed, and deny Governor Corbett the Attorney General he hand-picked to protect his radical agenda,” Murphy added.

May 15th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, PA Offices 2012, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “Murphy Endorses Former Rival Kane”

  1. Bradley Kirsch says:

    There is no way that any true democrat will not support Kathleen Kane.

    The poor perfromance from idealogue Republicans in this office must be altered so that this office represents the people of Pennsylvania and is not just a pass thru for those seeking higher office or partisan goals.

    Patrick was wise to urge all of his supporters to back Kane. Mrs. Kane is a fine human being and competent prosecutor and she deserves our full support.

  2. Steelblitz1 says:

    Glad Patrick endorsed Kane. Alot of establishment dems didnt like Kane because they are more into backroom deals and the status quo. I like the fact that Kane is independent. She will be a super AG!!!

  3. Pittsburghler says:

    Murphy is a class act all the way.

  4. BUCKS BARRISTER says:

    NOT TO WORRY. THEY WILL FALL IN LINE

  5. David Diano says:

    Let’s see if Murphy can get the “establishment” Dems who did his ads to support Kathleen as well.

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