Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 28th, 2020
Subsequently, the Ohio legislature is still feuding over the governor finding ways to get around them boxing him into a corner and limiting his ability to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazingly, this threat is the latest of a bombardment of criticism aimed at DeWine by conservative lawmakers over the governor’s response to the pandemic. Much of their antagonism was previously directed at former Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, who resigned in June after a torrent of conservative criticism, which included armed protesters picketing her home in suburban Columbus.
On Monday, August 24th, 2020 an Ohio representative from Clermont County announced he has drafted articles of impeachment against Governor Mike DeWine for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reportedly, Representative John Becker a Republican from Union Township in Clermont County, Ohio said he has drafted ten articles of impeachment against DeWine, citing the governor’s actions, like implementing a statewide mask mandate, as “abuses of power.”
Believe it or not this announcement came only after Becker said DeWine vetoed Senate Bill 55 and threatened to veto Senate Bill 618 thus Senate 1 which was designed to limit the governor and other state officials’ authority during the pandemic.
Reportedly, as of 2019 Ohio’s population is approximately 11.69 million. Therefore is almost impossible to please the entire citizenry for the state of Ohio.
To the contrary Becker is contending that numerous Ohioans are hurting and angry over DeWine’s actions thusly they are calling for the “general assembly to take control.”
Also, Becker firmly believes that he is accordance with Ohio Constitution. Additionally, the House of Representatives is the sole authority on impeachment but shall require a majority vote.
In actuality this impeachment is required to go on trial before the Senate where it will require a two-thirds majority vote of 22 in the Ohio Senate in order conviction and removal the governor from office.
According to popular opinion impeaching Ohio Governor Mike DeWine over his handling of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is not likely to happen.
Reportedly, in an interview, Becker acknowledged his move is resembles an act of “political suicide.”
He continued to say as a term-limited lawmaker not on the ballot for another position, his political future was already uncertain. Nonetheless, Becker continues to believe that his goals were trying to help those people whose jobs have been lost, wedding plans ruined and graduations cancelled.
Becker has conceded and added, “With deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 flattened, the Governor continues to press his boot on the throat of Ohio’s economy.”
Daily new cases of the coronavirus have fallen below a seven-day average of 1,000, down from much higher tallies earlier in the summer.
Meanwhile Becker had this to say, “They’re telling me the cure is far worse than the disease. Everybody I talk to, they take the disease seriously! They know it’s real. But there’s an appropriate reaction to it that people want to take and the governor’s reaction is way over the top.”
However, amid all the argument and difference of opinion a DeWine spokesman for the governor said, the governor is 100% focused on saving lives during the pandemic, helping the economy and getting Ohioans back to work.
Nonetheless, an impeachment website lists Representative Nino Vitale, a Republican from Urbana and a frequent critic of DeWine and the mask mandate, and Representative Paul Zeltwanger, a Republican from Mason in southwestern Ohio, as the only other backers of the movement. Click here: View Representative Vitale’s Press Release Archive (05.21.20 – Representative Vitale Introduces Bill To Ban All Mask Requirements Without Vote Of House And Senate As The Ohio Constitution Requires)