Kathleen Kane won the election to become Attorney General in Pennsylvania, basing much of her campaign on a promise to investigate whether political connections dragged out the Commonwealth’s investigation and charging of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges. Mrs Kane cast herself as a fearless crusader against political corruption, but it’s looking like that was a false front. From the front page of today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers | Last updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:08 AM | Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:05 PM
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia never deemed a sting operation that targeted public corruption as too weak to prosecute, according to District Attorney Seth Williams and law enforcement sources familiar with the brief federal review of the investigation.
The sources and Williams say the prosecutors never came to a judgment about the investigation one way or another before the state attorney general asked them to halt their review.
Their statements echo a declaration by the Philadelphia office of the FBI, which said it made no judgment about whether the case was suitable for prosecution.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said “federal authorities” endorsed her view that the sting was fatally damaged. She has declined to identity the federal officials involved, saying they had asked for anonymity.
Read more at here.1 This is from The Philadelphia Inquirer, a newspaper with a liberal editorial orientation, and one which routinely supports Democrats, and the rest of the story paints a very ugly picture of a very pretty woman’s political lies.
So, we have the interesting spectacle of a crusading, crusading! Democrat Attorney General, diligently investigating whether a Republican slow-tracked the investigation into Mr Sandusky, even though the Commonwealth did arrest, bring charges, try and convict the pedophile while the Republicans were still in office, but quashing an investigation which allegedly had four Democrat state legislators and at least one other Democrat official on tape accepting “cash or gifts.”2
This was how Attorney General Kane was described just last December:
Kathleen Kane Is the Democrats’ New ‘It Girl’
By Salena Zito – December 29, 2013
A former midlevel prosecutor’s ambition and rise in Pennsylvania politics is a sign of the times in American politics.
In under a year, Kathleen Kane has gone from an unknown Lackawanna County assistant district attorney to the powerful position of the state’s attorney general. If you believe the gossip surrounding her, she is a prospective candidate for every elected office imaginable, including governor, U.S. senator and president.
When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled. Her better-known, union-endorsed primary opponent, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary.
Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy. He thereby reminded Pennsylvanians and Washington political-watchers that the Clinton machine still has big game in a big state — and that Kane was their girl.
Kane won and, ever since, has dabbled in the politically hot topics that secure wins in bigger Democrat primaries, issues such as gay marriage, climate change and big business.
First, despite her campaign promise to not act like a politician as attorney general, she announced this summer that she would not go to court to defend the state’s ban on gay marriage — even though her job is to defend state laws, regardless of her personal feelings or political ambitions.
More at the link. Governor, senator or president? While The First Street Journal doesn’t see lying and corruption as any bar to a Democrat seeking higher office — note that former Governor Edwin Edwards (D-LA) is running for Congress just three years after his release from the penitentiary — when The Philadelphia Inquirer goes after a Democrat for corruption in Pennsylvania, that Democrat is in some real trouble. When Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat, attacks a Democrat state Attorney General who is rumored to have higher political ambitions, it tells you that Mr Williams might have those same ambitions himself.
In the meantime, conservatives like Robert
Stacey Stacy McCain are calling for the immediate resignation of a married freshman Republican congressman caught on tape kissing a married part-time staffer. Perhaps conservatives hold Republicans to a higher standard than liberals do to Democrats. The Delaware Liberal has been all over Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE) and his office accepting a plea bargain and sentence that kept a wealthy child rapist out of prison, but unless I just missed it, I haven’t seen a single call by any of the authors or commenters there for Mr Biden to resign; if Mr Biden runs for re-election (as he is planning to do), you can bet your last farthing that the Delaware Liberals will vote for him again.
As I said, a different standard.