My goal this year is to get people to look beyond the top of the ticket, and begin to exercise their right to vote for EVERY election and EVERY office. Let’s start today with Attorney General.
What the heck is the Attorney General?
The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of Pennsylvania. In plain talk, the top attorney in the state.
Why do I need to vote for this office?
The office of the AG is responsible for prosecuting crimes including organized crimes and public corruption. Chunking it down, the office of the AG were the ones behind Penn State’s molestation scandal. The office is also responsible for all actions brought by or against the commonwealth, and reviews rules and regulations. The office is responsible for enforcement of some laws including laws pertaining to consumer protection and charities.
So What’s the Deal With Kathleen Kane?
Kane was the first woman and Democrat elected to the office. When she was elected, it seemed to usher in a new era that broke up the so called “Old Boy’s Network” as well as offer a transparency that hadn’t been seen in years. The problem? Kane forgot to read Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power or Sun Tzu’s Art of War. Hell, an aide bullet pointing the latest episode of House of Cards could have gotten her prepared for the battle she face\d. Instead Kane rode in on the fumes of her historic names, thinking she could make big moves and all would be well. Anyone familiar with Pennsylvania politics know that change has to come in small, sometimes unseen to the masses, steps.
Kane over played her hand (I tried to put a poker reference in but I kept mucking it up and decided to let that go). Let’s just say Kane overstated her books (Spades players know what I’m talking about) and claimed more books than she had in her hand. It’s a shame. Kane was innovative, not afraid to get her hands dirty, and a twin.
So who’s on the ticket now?
On November 8, 2016 Pennsylvanians have a chance to vote for a new Attorney General.
On the Democratic side there’s county commissioner Josh Shapiro. His agenda states he wants to:
- Take a stance on the status quo
- Get tough on frackers
- Fight for seniors
- Take on the Heroin Crisis
- Get tough on gun violence
- Protect the rights of all Pennsylvanians
- Protect the future and safety of rural Pennsylvanians.
On the Republican side, Senator John Rafferty is is running. He doesn’t have a bullet pointed agenda like Shapiro, but he does make clear his experience in political office.
He does does state:
- a desire to fight the heroin crisis in PA
- a stand with law enforcement
- a desire to do away with sanctuary cities
Remember despite what your registration says you can vote for the candidate that is MOST qualified to you.
So yeah, this says Presidential but it’s 74 days until election day.
Your vote is your voice.