“I think she’s coming off like a leader of an organization,” said Joe D’Andrea, a criminal defense lawyer from Scranton who knew Kane during her days as an assistant district attorney in the Lackawanna County DA’s office. “She has done it in a surprisingly competent and I think professional way. I’m pretty impressed with what’s she doing.”
Others quietly questioned her dedication to the job, noting how she often mentions she is the mother of two young sons first and lawyer second. They question how much time she is giving to that role versus the time spent doing the attorney general’s work. It’s not an uncommon criticism of female politicians/mothers. And no one would put their name to this criticism.
I can’t completely blame Jan Murphy for including this nonsense, since it is a criticism that is out there. There are lots of old-school people who think that if you aren’t in Harrisburg working 9-5 you’re not really at work, and there are a lot of old-school sexist jerks who think a mother of two sons can’t also be a good Attorney General.
Considering how often the criticism of Kane is that she’s doing too much too soon, and risks appearing too political (a ridiculous criticism of an elected official), I’d say Kane’s work-life balance is much less of an issue here than that people who didn’t vote for her don’t like her political program want to sully her reputation any way that they can.
It’s too bad that the Patriot News rewarded the operatives who raised this criticism with anonymity, because it would likely hurt their professional reputations much more than it would Kane’s.