Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Morganelli Endorses Kathleen Kane for AG
At an October 15 news conference, Northampton County DA John Morganelli endorsed fellow Democrat Kathleen Kane for Attorney General. This former Scranton prosecutor is opposed by Republican David Freed. The latest polls give her a 5% edge, but 37% are still undecided.
In addition to her obvious experience, Morganelli likes her vision for the AG's office, particularly when it comes to her focus on child abuse investigations. He contrasted her proactive views with those of then Attorney General Tom Corbett, whose office in 2009 was investigating child abuse allegation against PSU Assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. According to Morganelli, Corbett "dragged his feet, allowing Mr. Sandusky to be out there, with other potential young victims, for a period of two years and eight months."
Morganelli claimed Kane, if elected, would put a "big flashlight" on the Sandusky investigation. In addition, she would fight to give local prosecutors more tools to take child predators off the street.
Having run for the office himself, Morganelli claimed the AG's office needs "sweeping changes." He noted that, in thirty years, there has never been a Democratic Attorney General.
"It's amazing that this office has been controlled by one party, and it's just constantly rehashing the same people over and over in various positions," said Morganelli.
Thanking Morganelli, Kane vowed to be "an independent prosecutor that we can trust, who is not a part of the good ol' boy network in Harrisburg, and who we can trust to uncover the truth."
"I am an independent voice," stated Kane, with the piercing eyes of a veteran prosecutor. "I am not beholden to any political party and I am not beholden to any politician, and I will get the right things done for the right reason. The Attorney General's office is an independent agency, and it needs to remain that way."
"It's time to open up the window, and let the sun shine in that place," Kane told me after her news conference.
In addition to extending the statute if limitation for child abuse prosecutions, Kane advocates a requirement that police, in addition to child protective services, be notified of suspected cases of child abuse.