It was seriously stupid politics for Team Corbett to let Kathleen Kane drag them into a fight over Corbett’s mishandling of the Sandusky investigation. It puts Kane on equal footing with Corbett, and of course seeing Kane bring the fight to Corbett like this is great fun for Democrats, as it gives us a sneak peek at what it will be like having a Democrat in the Attorney General’s office over the next 2 years.
Via Chris Brennan:
Kane, speaking to the Scranton Times-Tribune last Wednesday, said politics “probably” played a role in the pace of Corbett’s investigation into disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Kane cited campaign donations Corbett, who was state Attorney General when the investigation started, received from board members of The Second Mile, a charity founded by Sandusky. The sports blog Deadspin.com reported in November that board members gave Corbett a combined $641,481 for his campaigns.
Corbett, interviewed this morning on IQ 106.9 FM, said Kane “has no idea” what she is talking about in the Sandusky case. “To make those statements without any facts in front of her, without having any information about what went on in the office, that was a reckless disregard for the truth on her part,” said Corbett, who denied that campaign contributions influenced his actions.
Kane this afternoon said Corbett’s claims were an attempt to “divert” attention from the fact that his investigation of Sandusky took nearly three years. She said as a prosecutor and a mother she was “very shocked that a predator, a pedophile, was left on the streets for three years around children. He essentially had access to a candy store of children. So there is no politics involved.”