Frankel slams Metcalfe’s outrageous Facebook post

PITTSBURGH, April 20 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement in regard to a Facebook post from Republican House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe:

“I am deeply disturbed and angry at inflammatory comments made today by Representative Metcalfe.

“At the conclusion of an unhinged Facebook rant wherein he called one of my close House Democratic colleagues a ‘lying homosexual,’ Metcalfe admitted that he ‘blocks all substantive Democrat legislation’ sent to his committee.

“He’s right. Not a single Democratic bill has come out of the State Government Committee this Session. That includes my House Bill 1410 – the PA Fairness Act – which would once and for all prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community. My bill has been repeatedly referred to Chairman Metcalfe’s committee by House Speaker Mike Turzai where it has failed to ever receive a vote or even a fair hearing. This legislation is supported by 72 percent of Pennsylvanians and is currently cosponsored by 75 bipartisan members in the House. The PA Fairness Act has the support of countless advocates, local leaders and the business community across the state.

“Last week, Metcalfe gutted a very popular proposal that would have created an independent redistricting commission (House Bill 722). These partisan games have to end. For years, Chairman Metcalfe and Speaker Turzai have coalesced to block meaningful legislation from Democrats that would greatly benefit the people of Pennsylvania.

“The time has come for us to say, enough is enough.”