EDITORIAL: Kane should step down
Kathleen Kane denies any wrongdoing.
Pennsylvania's attorney general says the charges lodged against her last week were payback for taking on Pennsylvania's "good ol' boy" network and exposing corruption such as the pornographic emails exchanged by state employees.
Kane, a Democrat and the commonwealth's first female top prosecutor, certainly has ruffled some feathers since taking office in 2013.
Besides "porngate," there was her probe of the Penn State child sex abuse investigation, her decision not to defend Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage and a controversial call to end a corruption investigation that had targeted Democratic lawmakers.
But stepping on toes comes with the territory for an attorney general. For instance, when he held that office, Tom Corbett led the long-running "bonusgate" investigation that sent both Democrats and Republicans to prison for corruption.
Corbett didn't face retaliatory charges as a result, he went on to be elected governor.
While we don't think "payback" is par for the course, it's certainly possible the allegations against the 49-year-old Kane are just what she says. She could very well be vindicated in a court of law.
However, given the nature of the charges — including perjury and obstruction of justice — Kane's battle to clear her name should be waged as a private citizen.
We echo Gov. Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, state Sen. Rob Teplitz — like the attorney general all Democrats, by the way — and others calling on Kane to resign immediately.
The simple fact of the matter is she cannot effectively serve as Pennsylvania's top prosecutor while facing prosecution herself.
And the people of the commonwealth should not be asked to trust Kane to enforce our laws at the same time she is accused of breaking them.