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| Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, 9:04 p.m.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, right, welcomes Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to the stage during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
campaign photo of Kathleen Kane, 45, of Lackawanna County, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general.Run with Rows0416

It wasn't the high-water mark of Democrat state attorney general candidate Kathleen Kane'scampaign.

The Kane camp on Tuesday tweeted how proud it was to have been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association. Kane staffers were a little less proud on Wednesday when the troopers' organization noted that it is backing neither Kane nor David Freed, her Republican opponent.


The red-faced Kane camp told PoliticsPA that an intern mistakenly posted the inaccurate tweet after seeing a photo of Kane speaking at a troopers' association event. We suspect the responsible party's social-media privileges probably were revoked for the remainder of the campaign.

TAKEN WITH AKIN. One ill-advised and inappropriate comment about rape shouldn't hinder a fellow's political ambitions forever, right?

Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, essentially answered that question on Wednesday when he endorsed Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri who is attempting to unseat Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill.

“If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama's liberal agenda, we must defeat (McCaskill),” Santorum said in a joint endorsement with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. “(We) hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri will join us so we can save our country from fiscal collapse.”

Akin seemingly doomed his Senate candidacy in August by saying that rape rarely results in pregnancy: “If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

While Santorum and DeMint's endorsement might well attract freedom lovers, we doubt it will lure anyone remotely fond of science or tact.

ED GETS BOOK PLUG IN. Oppose Gov.Tom Corbett's policies if you like, but former Gov. Ed Rendell insists you can't challenge his character.

Speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg on Monday, Democrat Rendell noted that the Republican governor is keeping the sometimes unpopular promises he made during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

“He's no wuss,” Rendell said. “He told voters he was signing a no-tax pledge” and, as a result, has not had funding for transportation improvements or to expand education programs.

Judging from that remark and how it promoted his latest book — “A Nation of Wusses” — Rendell's love for the W-word doesn't appear close to waning.

BIG MAN BACK ON CAMPUS.Angelo Armenti, recently deposed as California University of Pennsylvania's president, caught some people by surprise when he showed up on campus for the Vulcans' big Sept. 22 “Coal Bowl” showdown against football rival Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Some students tweeted photographs of Armenti wearing a track suit as he ate breakfast at an off-campus restaurant.

Armenti rooted for Cal U, which won 26-24 by scoring a touchdown with just 52 seconds left.

“Time to party like Armenti is still president,” one student tweeted.

CLOSING THE BARN DOORAFTER ... Republican state legislative candidate Sherry Stalley of Cambria County got a surprise a week ago: She discovered an intruder had opened the barn doors on her property, releasing farm animals into a fenced area and leaving behind a letter.

The letter suggested she drop out of her race against incumbent Democrat Bryan Barbin for the 71st District state House seat.

Seeming like a throwback to the 19th century — or maybe the Middle Ages — the letter said “a woman's place is at home and not trying to be in politics.”

Cambria County detectives are investigating. Barbin's camp has denied any responsibility.

— compiled by Tribune-Review staff

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