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.