Missouri GOPers Launch "Sham" impeachment against Gov. Nixon
A trio of Tea Party extremists in the Missouri House of Representatives are advancing baseless efforts to impeach Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. State Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) filed bill to impeach Nixon on grounds that he did not issue special election notices for vacant legislative seats fast enough. Rep. Rick Brattin's (R-Harrisonville) resolution seeks to oust him over the latest right wing conspiracy theory about guns.
Yet, the most blatantly ideological proposal comes from Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville), who is seeking to impeach Nixon for allowing same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns. Nixon issued the executive order in November to assist gay couples who wed in other jurisdictions.
The Kansas City Star blasted what it called "another inane waste of time" by Republican lawmakers, saying Missourians should be "embarrassed and even offended" by these antics:
Democrats fired back that this should not be an impeachable offense.
One excellent point: No court has even found that the basis for Marshall’s complaint is correct — that Nixon’s order violated the state constitution in any way.
It sure is a good thing that the state of Missouri has no bigger issues to deal with than these artificial attempts to get publicity and generate support from ardent Republican voters in home legislative districts.