PoliticsPA Exclusive: Kathleen Granahan Kane to Announce AG Candidacy on Wednesday
Kathleen Granahan Kane, a career prosecutor and former Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County, plans to announce her candidacy for state Attorney General on Wednesday, according to a press announcement obtained Tuesday afternoon by PoliticsPA.
It will be the Temple Law graduate’s first foray into elected politics, and she indicates in her announcement that she would not emulate Tom Corbett’s path to the governorship should she become the Keystone State’s first Democratic AG since it became an elected position in 1980.
“As a prosecutor, I was on the front line in fighting crime and understand what works and what needs to be fixed,” Kane says in the statement. “What we don’t need is an Attorney General seeking to use the office as a personal stepping-stone for higher office. In the coming months, I will detail my plans for public protection and safety, which includes intervention and smarter approaches to law enforcement.”
Kane, whose family has longstanding political ties to both United States Senator Bob Casey and his late father, will be the first to make her intention to run for AG official. Other rumored candidates on the Democratic side include former Congressman Patrick Murphy and former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham. The latter has said as recently as this week she’s considering a run.
The job will be open. Corbett deputy William Ryan is filling the position in the interim and Linda Kelly, nominated in February by Governor Corbett to serve out his term as the state’s top law enforcement official, has said she will not run for re-election if confirmed.
Kane, whose husband Chris is an executive with the Scranton-based “Kane is Able” third party logistics coordinator, served as Hillary Clinton’s Northeast Pennsylvania campaign coordinator in 2008. The career highlights cited in the press announcement obtained Tuesday by PoliticsPA stick to her prosecutorial accomplishments, including:
Fighting alongside the family of a young girl brutally stabbed to death to ensure a jury’s verdict imposing a penalty of death was upheld; co-prosecuting a caretaker resulting in conviction under the Neglect of Care Dependent Person Act where an elderly victim died from infected bedsores; contributing to the arrest, apprehension and bringing to justice a murderer who killed a police officer in New Jersey. The case was previously unsolved for 40 years.
Check back with PoliticsPA on Wednesday for more on Kane’s announcement.