Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 24, 2013, 7:00pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is firing back at a state lawmaker who called for her impeachment earlier this week.

On Monday, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican, circulated a co-sponsor memo to members of the state House of Representatives, asking for their support of an impeachment resolution for Kane.

Metcalfe argues that Kane, a Democrat, has violated state law by refusing to defend Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act.

No one is above the law, Metcalfe contends.

"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," Kane said in response Tuesday.

"Rep. Metcalfe's goals of media attention and political gamesmanship are accomplished through loud, arrogant and misguided claims. Instead, his priorities should be reforming education, job creation, fixing our transportation system or making the streets safer for kids and families, and should also include cleaning up the good ol' boys' system of public corruption.

"Instead, he chooses to focus on wasting time and battling me because I had the gall to run for office, win and serve Pennsylvania as an independent watchdog over the government they desperately want to rule."

Kane continued, "It is unfortunate that Rep. Metcalfe has such little respect for the people of Pennsylvania. It is also unfortunate and embarrassing that Rep. Metcalfe has such limited knowledge of the laws or perhaps poor understanding of time-tested, clearly enumerated legal principles.

"While he purports to know what actions I have taken, he is wrong. When he pretends to know the rules governing ethical conduct for attorneys, he again is terribly wrong. And, while Rep. Metcalfe pretends to understand the legal implications of my actions and others around the state, he could not be more misguided. I do not believe he cares about facts or the law."

To read Kane's full statement, click here.

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