Articles of impeachment filed against Ohio Gov. DeWine over coronavirus response


COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Representative John Becker, a Republican from Clermont County, Ohio, announced Monday that he has drafted 10 articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine over the governor's response to the coronavirus.

An article on the Ohio House of Representatives website claims Gov. DeWine has violated the Ohio and United States Constitutions, as well as multiple sections of the Ohio Revised Code.

DeWine is accused of meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election and arbitrarily closing certain businesses while allowing others to remain open.

The article says DeWine's statewide mask mandate is making Ohio a hostile work environment, while extending the mandate to places of worship forces citizens "to choose between worshipping their God and worshipping at the altar of unbridled government."

Becker says many Ohioans find the mask mandate offensive, degrading, humiliating and insulting, while there is also evidence that masks can be hazardous to one's health.

He also says Gov. DeWine doubled down when he expanded the mask mandate to school-age children, who are less susceptible to COVID-19.

Read the articles of impeachment below:

I kept holding out hope that we wouldn’t get to this place. For months and months, I’ve been hearing the cries of my constituents and of suffering people from every corner of Ohio. They keep screaming, “DO SOMETHING!” They are hurting. Their businesses are declining and depreciating. Their jobs have vanished. The communities that have sustained their lives are collapsing, and becoming shells of what they once were.

Living in fear, many have turned to drugs and yes, even suicide, to end or tolerate the unbearable pain inflicted by the governor upon their livelihoods, and the damage caused by his unraveling of the fabric of Ohio. It is long past time to put an end to government gone wild.

With deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 flattened, the Governor continues to press his boot on the throat of Ohio’s economy. Due to the unilateral actions of Governor DeWine, a growing number of businesses have failed and continue to fail. Millions of frustrated, exasperated, and suffering Ohioans are relying on the General Assembly to take control and end their government-driven affliction.

Gubernatorial recall elections are not permitted in Ohio and removal by complaint is too arduous and impractical for the citizenry to navigate as a process for taking back their government. The only other option is impeachment.... (Read more)

Submitted 397 days ago

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