Northampton County DA backs Kane for Pa. A.G.

Posted: 8:00 PM EDT Oct 14, 2012   Updated: 6:44 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012

The Democratic candidate for state attorney general has received some backing from a guy who's been there before.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is throwing his support behind Kathleen Kane.

Morganelli ran for A.G. in 2008 and lost to then-A.G. Tom Corbett.

Morganelli also criticized Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky case including how long it took to bring charges forward.

Kane says, if elected, she'll look into that.

She's also pursuing a tougher child abuse policy including eliminating the statue of limitations in such cases and better reporting guidelines.

"We need to make it a concurrent reporting. A case of suspected child sexual abuse or suspected child abuse needs to be reported to both to the police as well as to the child protective services," said Kane.

Kane is a former Lackawanna County prosecutor who's facing the Cumberland County D.A., Republican David Freed.

Freed also wants to drop the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases but he wants to create an over-arching Special Victims Unit focusing on child abuse, elder abuse and financial fraud.

The most recent poll by the Philadelphia Inquirer has Kane leading Freed 41-29 percent with 30-percent undecided.