By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — More than sixteen months before the election, embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane is getting a challenger.READ MORE: Sesame Place Announces Changes To Diversity Programs After Recent High-Profile Racial Incidents
Suburban Philadelphia Republican state Senator John Rafferty is scheduled to announce his candidacy for attorney general this week.READ MORE: 1 Dead, Multiple People Injured In Crash Involving Bus On New Jersey Turnpike
“This is certainly an early indication that the attorney general, Kathleen Kane, is in a world of political difficulty, as well as legal difficulty,” says Franklin and Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna. “This is very, very early for candidates to the row offices to announce their candidacy.”
Republican Rafferty ran for attorney general in 2012, but bowed out when then-Governor Tom Corbett supported David Freed, who lost to Democrat Kane.MORE NEWS: Trump Says He's Testifying Wednesday In NY Investigation
Madonna believes the pressure will build on other candidates to announce. He expects a crowded field in the race for Pennsylvania attorney general.