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After refusing to defend gay marriage ban, Penn. attorney general target of impeachment

Republican state representative is leading effort for Kathleen Kane's ouster

After refusing to defend gay marriage ban, Penn. attorney general target of impeachment

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has taken a stand against her state’s ban on gay marriage, is the target of an impeachment effort by a Republican lawmaker.

Kane is a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage. She said in July that she believes the state’s marriage ban to be ‘wholly unconstitutional’ and something she ‘cannot ethically defend.’

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is calling for impeachment for what he says is ‘misbehavior in office’ and ‘violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties.’

He has been circulating a memo obtained by Right Wing Watch, the lawmaker states in part: ‘In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution containing articles of impeachment against Attorney General Kane. Impeachment is a rarely used, but extremely important, tool to address misbehavior in office. Attorney General Kane’s violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties cannot be tolerated if our system of government is to work properly.’

Metcalfe also accuses Kane of ‘creating a constitutional crisis by refusing to perform he assigned role and usurping the role of the courts.’

Kane has fired back saying in a lengthy statement: ‘Rep. Metcalfe’s call for impeachment should instead be an opportunity for his own introspection. More than three million voters elected me to office last year because they are fed up with partisan politics, which is what Rep. Metcalfe represents.’

She also stated: ‘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. I will never be deterred by selfish rants of those who want Pennsylvania to belong to the few.’

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