Kane, Freed to take AG race to the airwaves
HARRISBURG — With two weeks left in the campaign, Democrat Kathleen Kane is airing her first TV commercial in the general election race for Pennsylvania attorney general, and Republican David Freed is poised to follow suit.
Kane’s ad began airing statewide on Monday, the same day the two candidates squared off for their only scheduled debate, campaign spokesman Josh Morrow said on Tuesday.
In the 30-second spot, the narrator calls Kane “a prosecutor, not a politician” and says she’ll “clean up the corruption in Harrisburg.” A spokesman for Freed’s campaign said on Tuesday that it plans to make “a robust ad purchase” this week.
“We’re looking forward to introducing Dave Freed to the electorate. We expect a spirited remaining two weeks of the race,” said the spokesman, Tim Kelly.
Kane, who worked as a Lackawanna County prosecutor for more than 12 years, relied heavily on TV advertising to elevate her name recognition and attack her primary opponent, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, in her victorious campaign last spring.
Freed, Cumberland County’s elected district attorney, was unopposed for the GOP nomination, and did not need to run TV ads.
In Monday night’s debate at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Kane described herself as politically independent and suggested Freed used his political connections to lock up the nomination.
Freed rebutted the charge and said his managerial experience in running the district attorney’s office makes him the stronger candidate.