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Impeach!

So says Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler), one of the legislature's most conservative members.

Impeach!

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) circulated a memo to his colleagues Monday, letting them know he plans on introducing a resolution containing articles of impeachment against Pennsylvania´s Attorney General, Kathleen Kane.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) circulated a memo to his colleagues Monday, letting them know he plans on introducing a resolution containing articles of impeachment against Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Kathleen Kane.

So says Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler), one of the legislature's most conservative members.

Metcalfe circulated a memo to his colleagues Monday, letting them know he plans on introducing a resolution containing articles of impeachment against Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Kathleen Kane.

The reason: Kane's decision over the summer not to defend the state against a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. At the time, Kane said she could not defend a law that she found to be "wholly unconstitutional."

Metcalfe argues that Kane is abandoning the duties and responsibilities of her job, which include defending the state's laws, whether she agrees with them or not. Others have echoed the criticism, but no one has gone as far as seeking to impeach her.

"Impeachment is a rarely used, but extremely important, tool to address misbehavior in office," Metcalfe wrote in the memo. "Attorney General Kane’s violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties cannot be tolerated if our system of government is to work properly."

A spokesman for Kane could not be immediately reached for comment.

The memo landed on the same day that two other Pennsylvania lawmakers urged Gov. Corbett to follow the lead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who today decided to drop his fight against gay marriage.

Reps. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrats from the Philadelphia area, are pushing a bill to legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania.

"It’s a black eye on the state of Pennsylvania that nearly all of our neighboring states have decided to enter the 21st Century and grant equality to all their citizens, yet we still are stuck in the Stone Age,” McCarter said in a statement. “Plain and simple, the fact that Pennsylvanians can now cross a border and be granted more rights than they currently have in their own state is a problem that needs to be addressed and it needs to be addressed now.”

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Commonwealth Confidential gives you regularly updated coverage of the state legislature, the governor and the workings of the state bureaucracy. It is written by Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden in the Inquirer's Harrisburg bureau, based right in the statehouse, and by the newspaper's far-flung campaign reporters.



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