Republicans across the nation were shocked on Monday to learn that a GOP state representative had announced articles of impeachment against Ohio’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine.
According to Breitbart, the articles were filed by Ohio State Rep. John Becker (R-Union Township), who has been less than pleased with DeWine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An impeachment attempt
As Breitbart reports, the premise behind the articles is that DeWine is now hurting the economy by going overboard with his response to the coronavirus. DeWine recently issued a statewide mask mandate, a move that has angered some Republicans and frustrated the governor’s constituents.
“With deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 flattened, the Governor continues to press his boot on the throat of Ohio’s economy,” Rep. Becker told a local news outlet, according to Breitbart.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, it remains unclear exactly what law Becker alleges that DeWine broke warranting his removal.
Even without a clear basis, however, the articles filed by Becker have the support of at least two more members of the Ohio state House.
While Ohio House Speaker Robert Cupp (R) isn’t one of those two, a spokesperson for Cupp issued a statement indicating that the House speaker does share Becker’s concerns.
“The Speaker shares the concerns of many members of the caucus regarding executive branch overreach, in particular with respect to some of the health orders that have been issued, and he has voiced those concerns directly to the governor,” spokesperson Taylor Jach said, according to Breitbart.
The governor’s focus
The governor, for his part, says he isn’t focusing on this attack — but he clearly isn’t ignoring it, either.
Citing a local news report, Breitbart revealed that “a DeWine spokesman said the governor is focused on saving lives during the pandemic, helping the economy, and getting Ohio residents back to work.”
“That is what he is focused on. Not this,” Dan Tierney said on the governor’s behalf, according to Breitbart.
Only time will tell what the future holds for DeWine, but with scant support for his removal thus far, it seems the Republican governor can rest easy for now. Barring an impeachment, DeWine’s term won’t end until 2023, according to Ballotpedia.