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Kane leads Dems' sweep of row offices

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Nov 7, 2012 2:46 AM

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Kathleen Kane is among a trio of Democratic candidates to take the state’s row offices by storm. The first woman – and the first Democrat – ever elected to serve as the state’s Attorney General said her office will have a lot of work to do over the next four years.

“We want to make sure that all children are protected in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We want to make sure that your mothers and fathers are safe in their neighborhoods and that their neighborhoods are cleaned up from ravishing drugs and gangs,” said Kane from her victory party in Scranton, Lackawanna County.

She repeated one of the central promises of her campaign: to root out corruption in the state Capitol.

“We will clean up Harrisburg,” she said. “We will send a message that we will not tolerate politics as usual any longer.”

Kane has also pledged to investigate past cases of the Attorney General’s office, including the prosecution of state lawmakers in the probe known as Bonusgate, and the prosecution of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. On Tuesday night, Gov. Corbett said: go ahead.

“She’s more than welcome to go and see what we did in those two offices – in those two cases, not two offices – two cases,” said Corbett. “I go by the results. And the results have been pretty good.”

Kane’s opponent, Republican David Freed, alluded to the negative ads from both campaigns and outside groups spending on their behalf.


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“And tough things were said on both sides,” he said. “And now we’ll do what prosecutors do, we’ll come together to make sure we do that we continue to do the great work that prosecutors do in Pennsylvania.”

Kane’s victory over Freed was the headliner as Democratic candidates claimed all three statewide row offices for the first time ever. Eugene DePasquale was elected to serve as Auditor General; incumbent Treasurer Rob McCord won reelection.

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