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Lawmaker seeks supporters for effort to impeach Attorney General Kane

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane last year dismissed a case against former confidential informant, Tyron B. Ali, contending the investigation by her predecessors was legally flawed, tainted with racism, and inactive for nine months before she took office in January 2013.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, is seeking co-sponsors for legislation to impeach Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, for refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

He said she has a duty to defend the constitutionality of state statutes.

“It is our duty to stop her from further misbehavior in office,” Metcalfe told colleagues in a memo.

Kane responded with a blistering statement Tuesday accusing Metcalfe of bullying and “political gamesmanship.”

“The citizens of this great commonwealth should be revolted that a politician such as Rep. Metcalfe is attempting to thwart an independent attorney general from doing her job by using such a measure,” Kane said. “I have never been afraid of or backed down from bullies. In fact, bullies strengthen my resolve to protect those who need it the most — the people of Pennsylvania.”

Metcalfe said Kane's full statement sounded like a campaign speech. He denied playing politics, saying Kane can't act like a “sitting judge while serving as attorney general.” She can't “pick and choose her cases,” he said.

Kane in August said she could not defend the constitutionality of the state's marriage act, which defines marriage as between “one man and one woman.” She referred the case to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's general counsel as she said she is allowed to do.

House Speaker Sam Smith, a Punxsutawney Republican, said Metcalfe's proposal would be given “serious consideration,” his spokesman Stephen Miskin said.

Brad Bumsted is state Capitol reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 717-787-1405 and bbumsted@tribweb.com.

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