An office of state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-12th, apparently used for legislative business and storage, has become a target of critics and political opponents who claim the monthly lease payment is a sign of impropriety.
Metcalfe said Tuesday that he and staff use the office, located in The Johnston House in Adams Township, as an extension of the district office in Cranberry Township. He added, however, that the Adams location is not used for constituent services, instead being used for legislative business and storage.
“We've never had enough space to do all I wanted to do,” he said. “We've always needed more space since pretty well the first day I moved into Cranberry.”
A copy of the lease with Cranberry Township notes that office is approximately 582 square feet.
But Metcalfe's political opponents allege that the office does not exist, that it should be open to the public or that it is a misuse of taxpayer funds.
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