The Republican Attorneys General Association wants to make sure it can continue to count Pennsylvania as a member. The group launched a new website that dings Democratic nominee Kathleen Kane – including a heroic attempt to find a picture of her that is unflattering.
It was first reported by John Baer of the Daily News.
The site is simple; basically a rehash of arguments made by her primary opponent, former Congressman Patrick Murphy. Namely, they target Kane’s campaign talking point that she prosecuted over 3,000 cases by noting her remarks that she took just 24 to trial. (RAGA’s claim that Kane was deceitful is unfounded – her campaign for the most part carefully said ‘prosecuted,’ not ‘tried.’)
But the site gives a brief preview of the Republican case against Kane, who many GOP operative had said was the more formidable general election foe.
Kane faces Republican Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed as she seeks to become the first Democrat elected to the post as well as the first woman. Current AG Linda Kelly was appointed, not elected, to fill the remainder of Gov. Tom Corbett’s term.
Kane’s camp swung back, calling the effort a sign of concern by the GOP.
“Obviously, the Republicans are running scared if they feel compelled, less than a day after the primary, to start bogus negative attacks on Kathleen Kane,” said Communications Director Joshua Morrow. “They won’t work anymore in a general election than they did in the primary.”
He pointed to numerous times that Republicans have called Kane a strong general election candidate:
“Unlike Murphy, Kane has experience as a prosecutor and would pose a more serious challenge to David Freed in November.” – Chairman Steven C. Boc, Philadelphia Federation of Young Republicans.
“Prosecutor Kathleen Kane… is in the driver’s seat to become the first Democrat attorney general. And expect the Penn State scandal to be front-and-center in the fall election, with Kane pounding away about what former Attorney General Tom Corbett knew, and when he knew it.” – conservative columnist Chris Freind.
“This is the strongest Democratic field” in a while, Alan Novak, a former state Republican chairman, said during an interview on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. “It will be a strong contest for David Freed.”
The Republican Attorneys General Association is part of the Republican State Leadership Committee. The effort wasn’t coordinated with the Freed campaign, which is focused on boosting his own name ID and fundraising.
“The Freed campaign’s focus is clear. We’re traveling the commonwealth each day, meeting with voters and telling Dave Freed’s story,” said Campaign Manager Tim Kelly. “Dave is a career prosecutor and, for the past 7 years, the elected District Attorney in Cumberland County. His leadership in locking up criminals and keeping our streets safe in the DA’s office will extend seamlessly to Attorney General’s office.”