WAY BACK in the '80s, Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox declared musically that "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves." If they meant that a wealthy woman can pump a lot of family money into her own campaign and win a major statewide primary in the traditional no-woman's land of Pennsylvania, then Kathleen Kane has indeed come a long way, baby.
In a close race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, Kane - a former Lackawanna County prosecutor - defeated former Bucks County U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, supported by Mayor Nutter and recent ex-Gov. Ed Rendell.
But Kane had the support of the one man who counted most in this election: her husband, Chris, owner of a Scranton-based trucking company (nonunion, as Murphy aggressively pointed out) with the prosaic name of Kane Is Able. Her husband and other company officials pumped $2.25 million into the race.