Pennsylvania AG, battling charges, plans re-election effort

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane intends to run for a second term but hasn’t made a final decision, according to a political adviser who has discussed plans with her.

Consultant Ken Smukler told The Associated Press on Friday that Kane doesn’t believe the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend her law license while she battles criminal charges prevents her from running.

Smukler says Kane hasn’t been raising money or setting up a traditional campaign apparatus, but that she won’t need the type of advertising that helps build name recognition.

The first-term Democrat awaits trial in the Philadelphia suburbs on charges that she illegally leaked secret grand jury material and lied under oath.

The period to begin circulating nominating petitions begins Jan. 26. Smukler says she’ll soon make a final decision.

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