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State Representative Files Articles Of Impeachment Against PA’s Attorney General

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Butler County House Republican Daryl Metcalfe in file photo.

Butler County House Republican Daryl Metcalfe in file photo.

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A state representative has made good on his pledge to pursue the impeachment of Pennsylvania’s attorney general for her decision not to defend a federal court challenge to the state’s marriage law.

Butler County House Republican Daryl Metcalfe had indicated weeks ago that he planned to do it, and now he has introduced a resolution containing articles of impeachment against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Metcalfe claims Kane shirked her duty under the state constitution when she decided not to defend the state marriage law. Earlier this month, Metcalfe took to the floor of the House to defend himself against allegations that he’s acting as a “bully.”

“A bully is not someone who proposes to use constitutional authority to rein in the misbehavior of someone elected to a statewide office,” Metcalfe said. “A bully is not someone who encourages this body to stand up for the rule of law.”

The speaker of the House has said he’s not sure how far it will go but that he will not dismiss the impeachment effort out-of-hand.

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