Friday, August 30, 2013

Thorns to Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane for promoting her own sister

From the editorial page of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane for promoting her identical twin to a position that got her a 19.6 percent raise as a chief deputy attorney general and head of the office's Child Protection Unit. Ellen Granahan was an experienced prosecutor whose pay rose from $69,771 to $83,423 when Kane's top deputy Adrian King promoted her, according to a report by TribLive Harrisburg reporter Brad Bumsted. "It shows very bad judgment. (Kane) probably knew it was occurring, and she probably let it occur," said Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Roddey. Gov. Tom Corbett hired Granahan in 2008 when he was attorney general. Granahan remained on staff under Kane's predecessor, Attorney General Linda Kelly, whom Corbett hand-picked. Kane's spokesman Joe Peters denied that the promotion crossed any legal lines. "This was not a case of giving her sister a job," he said. As with many things, the perception causes as many problems as the reality, and it's important for Pennsylvania to know that the attorney general is above any potential ethics concerns. "Pennsylvanians deserve clear answers on the attorney general's ethics because she has been entrusted in a law enforcement position and her actions have created serious questions," said Valerie Caras, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party. The appearance of ethics violation here is too great to justify the promotion. 
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