Kane Unable to Gain Traction

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Kathleen Kane has the money to wage an effective campaign against former Congressman Patrick Murphy for the Democrat nomination for State Attorney General, a seat never held by a Democrat since it was voted into inception in the ’80s. She even has the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton.

But Murphy got the backing of the state AFL-CIO and is being pushed locally by almost every union in this city.

A straw poll among ward leaders and committeepersons finds she hasn’t gotten much traction in this city, though she did make one official appearance last week. Instead it looks as if Murphy will be ringing up big-enough numbers in the Philadelphia primary to beat back what she will get in her own Lackawanna Co. backyard where she served as an assistant DA.

Her husband Christopher J. Kane lent the campaign $1.75 million of $2.4 million she has raised. Over the years, the Kane family has been a big backer of local Democrats, most notably the late Gov. Robert P. Casey, Sr., but also his son, Sen. Bob Casey; Mr. Casey’s brother Patrick, a two-time congressional candidate; former Congressman Chris Carney; former US Sen. Arlen Specter; and even Lackawanna Co. Commissioner Corey O’Brien’s campaign for Congress two years ago.

Veterans from VoteVets.org PAC endorsed Murphy and want the Kane campaign to apologize for remarks “demeaning his war and law records.”

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