What’s On Your Ballot in the PA Primary: Democratic AG Candidates
What you will vote on (Part 1):
Democratic candidates for PA Attorney General, Kathleen Kane vs. Patrick Murphy.
Kane, former Lackawanna County Prosecutor, is endorsed by political friend Bill Clinton, while Murphy, former Bucks County Congressman, has been endorsed by Obama’s top campaign advisor David Axelrod.
Here’s the run-down:
- Kane: Having prosecuted many sex abuse cases while Lackawanna’s ADA, she supports amending state statute of limitation on sex abuse cases. She’s against the new Voter ID Law, as violating the rights of Pennsylvania’s elderly and minority voters (Murphy agrees). They also agree on the possible Ultrasound bill, Kane saying “Neither one of us will enforce it.” Kane went on Hardball with Chris Matthews, as well as several other MSNBC shows as an expert sex abuse prosecutor regarding the Jerry Sandusky case back in November. She is touting her intentions to defend the rights of senior citizens, child abuse and the environment. She has been endorsed by EMILY’s List as a “strong pro-choice” candidate. (Note: EMILY’s List only endorses women candidates.)
- Murphy: He agrees with Kane on Voter ID and Ultrasound bill issues. He has been endorsed by the PA Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and became known in Congress for opposing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Murphy was an Army attorney, was admitted to the PA Bar in 2004, but has never tried a case in Pennsylvania.
Both candidates seem so similar. I agree with Kane on statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse cases. I also appreciate Murphy’s support for gay rights in the US Congress. However, we’re talking about AG, not congresspeople, and the fact that Murphy has never tried a case in Pennsylvania is a major weakness.