Rendell to Kane: Put someone else in charge

     Former Gov. Ed Rendelll suggests that, instead of resigning, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane should take a leave of absence until her trial is over. (AP file photo)

    Former Gov. Ed Rendelll suggests that, instead of resigning, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane should take a leave of absence until her trial is over. (AP file photo)

    Former Gov. Ed Rendell has a little advice for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Take a leave of absence.

    “Let someone in her office be the one to call the shots for the attorney general’s office while she was getting ready for trial, preparing for trial with her lawyers, etc.,” said Rendell on WITF’s Smart Talk on Wednesday.

    Top state Democrats have called on Kane to resign in light of the criminal charges filed against her last month. Rendell said Kane could stop short of that while placating some of her critics.

    “If the trial’s going to come up this fall, like October or November, it probably wouldn’t solve anything,” said Rendell. “If the trial’s not going to be ’til the spring of next year, it’s not too late for her to take a leave of absence.”

    The outgoing chairman of the state Democratic Party, Jim Burn, made the same suggestion earlier this summer.

    But Kane isn’t considering it, according to office spokesman Chuck Ardo — who also was a spokesman for Rendell while he was governor.

    “The attorney general certainly respects Gov. Rendell,” said Ardo, “but believes strongly that she can both fight to prove her innocence and serve as attorney general without conflict.”

    Kane is charged with leaking secret investigative material and lying about it under oath. She has said  she is innocent.

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