For Kathleen Kane the hits just keep on coming.
She's not running for reelection. She faces a criminal trial in August. She's serving as the state's top lawyer without a law license. And now there's a renewed effort to impeach her.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the chairman of a House subcommittee investigating (since February) whether to bring articles of impeachment against the state's first woman, first Democratic attorney general plans to seek approval to issue subpoenas in the case.
Republican Rep. Todd Stephens, of Montgomery County, a former prosecutor, isn't saying who he wants to subpoena but that he plans a meeting right now to get approval for that effort.
The Republican Senate in February tried but failed to remove Kane under a little-used provision of the state Constitution allowing a governor to remove a public official for "reasonable cause" if two-thirds of the Senate votes to do so. The effort fell a few votes short, mostly along party lines.
But the House on the same day voted 170-12 for a resolution authorizing an investigation into impeaching Kane. Again, that was in February.
One could reasonably ask, well, where ya been since then: why now? I mean, come on, she's already headed to trial on charges of perjury and obstruction in connection with alleged leaks of grand jury material: isn't enough enough?
And, in fact, Kane's appointed solicitor general, former Montco DA Bruce Castor, is asking just that.
"To my knowledge no one has ever had an impeachment proceeding brought against them prior to a criminal conviction and sentencing," Castor told the newspaper, "We have two nominees for office, one of whom will be in place in six months. The (AG) is not running again, and she has delegated her legal decision-making authority. What possible reason apart from vindictiveness could there be for this move?"
Well, there's always, I suppose, the good ole boys' network. Or GOP efforts to focus on "see what happens when you elect a Democrat AG?"
On the other hand, Kane (and sometimes her twin sister) provided lots of political theater practically since Kane took office in January 2013.