Ardo paints picture of distrust in Attorney General's office

Written by Brad Christman/Radio PA | Jun 2, 2016 4:39 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Kathleen Kane lost her seventh spokesperson in three-and-a-half years after Chuck Ardo's resignation last week.

The well-respected Ardo tells WITF's Smart Talk he simply had finally had enough.

He served as spokesman for former Governor Ed Rendell and former Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, both of which could be called challenging jobs.

Ardo also spent a year in that same capacity with state Attorney General Kathleen Kane before he stepped down.

He says the tipping point came after a simple and routine office tour.

"There was an incident where, I took a reporter through the office on a short tour," he said, "and she had a really bad reaction to that and it just seemed to me that having her criticize my methods after I had worked so hard to be just wasn't worth it anymore."

Ardo says Kane's reasoning for opposing the tour was at the very least, unprofessional.

"She made reference to the fact that he never wrote any positive stories about the office," he said.

He says he believes her mindset is a result of paranoia connected to the criminal charges she's facing, which include perjury and obstruction for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a reporter to discredit a rival prosecutor and lying about it under oath.

"I think there was a level of distrust between the Attorney General and her most senior lawyers," he said. "I think that was a result of the charges against her, the grand jury that investigated her - a number of those folks testified."

Ardo paints a picture of an absent Attorney General who rarely appears at the Harrisburg office and trusts very few people.

Kane is not running for reelection after a term that has included numerous criminal charges against her and the suspension of her law license.

Ardo describes the day-to-day atmosphere in the office as "tense."





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