Leading Off:• PA-AG: Oof. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane continues to assert her innocence in the face of charges that she unlawfully leaked secret grand jury materials to embarrass a critic, then lied to cover it up—and she’s now claiming that somehow her misfortune has to do with an internal investigation relating to the Penn State sex abuse case that had uncovered pornographic and racist emails sent by government officials. That inquiry led to the resignation of several prominent figures, including a state Supreme Court justice, but what this has to do with Kane’s own alleged wrongdoing she did not explain.
In any event, life is moving on without her. Republicans in the legislature are taking tentative steps in the direction of impeachment, and one of Kane’s fellow Democrats just announced that he’ll run for her job next year, prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer of Delaware County. (If you have an incredibly good memory, you may recall that the DCCC unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to run against GOP Rep. Pat Meehan in PA-07 back in 2012.) Several other Democrats are looking at the race or thought to be interested, including Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, and Republican state Sen. John Rafferty is already in the race. No matter who runs, though, it’s virtually impossible to imagine a scenario where Kane is her party’s nominee next year…..