HARRISBURG, PA – The Philadelphia Daily News columnist and Pennsylvania Press Club President, John Baer, announced in a column that Kathleen Kane called off her Press Club appearance slated for September 24.
“What is Kathleen Kane afraid of?” said PA GOP spokeswoman Valerie Caras. “Since the April primary, Kathleen Kane has been hiding her record from Pennsylvania voters, and canceling her previously scheduled appearance before the Pennsylvania Press Club only confirms that her qualifications might be called into question.
Caras continues, “To be honest, if I were Kathleen Kane and had to stand next to District Attorney David Freed and was forced to compare records and had to try to make the case that I am more qualified to be Attorney General, I’d probably stay home too.”
Baer wrote in the column that Kane, “Became the first candidate in the 16-year history of the Pennsylvania Press Club to cancel a scheduled appearance.”
The Kane campaign cited a “scheduling conflict,” but what’s really at work here?
A Pennsylvania Press Club appearance provides candidates with a statewide platform to speak directly to voters. It’s an opportunity for a candidate to offer their vision for the office of Attorney General and answer questions presented to them from the audience and members of the press.
Kathleen Kane cancelled this opportunity, choosing not to tell Pennsylvania voters what she’ll do as Attorney General or answer their questions.
District Attorney and candidate for Attorney General, David Freed, appeared before the Pennsylvania Press Club on June 25, 2012. To read his remarks, please click on the link below.
David Freed’s Press Club Remarks: http://davidfreedforag.com/pa-press-club-speech-remarks/
John Baer: Kane Cancels
(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer’s editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Yo, boss, you know who Kathleen Kane is, right?
BE: Sure, the Scranton Democrat vying to become in the state’s first-ever elected woman and first-elected Democrat to serve as attorney general.
JB: Well, she just added another first.
JB: Monday she became the first candidate in the 16-year history of the Pennsylvania Press Club to cancel a scheduled appearance.
BE: Why would she do that?
JB: Campaign says something about a scheduling conflict.
BE: Wait. As I recall, the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg, carried statewide that same night by PCN, amounts to 30-minutes of free TV in every media market.
JB: Yep. And she was scheduled September 24, a date her campaign agreed to months ago.
BE: Well, either she didn’t want to face the Q&A part of the luncheon or she figures she doesn’t need the exposure. Wasn’t there an Inky poll showing her well ahead?
JB: There was. Last month she held an 11-point lead, 40-29, but with 30 percent undecided.
BE: That’s a lot of undecided. You’d think she’d take advantage of an opportunity to help them decide.
JB: You’d think.
BE: And remind me who she’s running against.
JB: Republican Cumberland County DA Dave Freed who addressed the Press Club back in June and gave a solid performance.
BE: Well, Kane probably still wins, eh? Big Philly Democratic turnout for Obama, and women generally pee-oed at Republicans, versus a GOP candidate from a small county base?
JB: Probably. But the way candidate conducts a campaign often signals how he or she serves in office if elected. And in terms of political smarts and keeping commitments, this isn’t a good signal.
BE: Yeah, but maybe she’s just trying to put together a string of firsts: first candidate to snub the club, first woman elected AG, first Democrat to hold the office.
JB: Yeah, maybe.
(Baer, John. Kane Cancels. Baer Growls. Philadelphia Daily News. September 12, 2012)