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Kane eyeing re-election run despite setbacks

| Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane told her spokesman she plans to seek re-election while facing felony charges, a suspended law license and possible removal from office by the state Senate.

“She indicated to me she is running for re-election,” said her spokesman, Chuck Ardo. “I will not be able to speak for her campaign.”

Ardo is a state-paid outside consultant. He mentioned re-election plans generally in relaying what Kane told him about an upcoming Senate hearing Tuesday on her potential removal. Kane declined an interview request.

If convicted of a felony, such as perjury, she would be prohibited from holding statewide office, said Bruce Ledewitz, professor at Duquesne University Law School. She is charged with perjury, obstruction and oppression in Montgomery County.

It's the third version of Kane's campaign plans.

Kane told the Associated Press in September she did not think she would be eligible to run for a second term if her law license remains suspended as she faces criminal charges.

J. Wesley Leckrone, a political science professor at Widener University in Chester, said he does not think there's a chance she can win because Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has called for her to resign.

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