HARRISBURG -- Attorney General Kathleen Kane's identical twin received a 19.6 percent raise in April to head the office's Child Protection Unit as a chief deputy attorney general.
Ellen Granahan was an experienced prosecutor whose pay rose from $69,771 to $83,423 when Kane's top deputy Adrian King promoted her, the office said on Friday.
"It shows very bad judgment. (Kane) probably knew it was occurring, and she probably let it occur," said Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Roddey.
Gov. Tom Corbett hired Granahan in 2008 when he was attorney general. Kane has butted heads on several issues with Corbett, a Shaler Republican.
Granahan remained on staff under Kane's predecessor, Attorney General Linda Kelly, whom Corbett hand-picked.
State ethics law prevents officials from using their offices to enable financial gain for relatives.
Kane's spokesman Joe Peters denied that the promotion crossed any legal lines.
"This was not a case of giving her sister a job," he said.
Moreover, Peters said, King excluded Kane from the process.
"Pennsylvanians deserve clear answers on the attorney general's ethics because she has been entrusted in a law enforcement position and her actions have created serious questions," said Valerie Caras, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg first reported the promotion Thursday on its Pennlive website.
Peters said the office put in place procedures to guard against conflicts shortly after Kane, a Democrat, took office in January. …