After the House ad hoc committee on impeachments announced that they are recommending no action be taken on the impeachment petitions against Governor Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, reactions to the decision were swift in coming. Here are two sent to Forward Kentucky.
From Colmon Elridge, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party
“After weeks of flirting with unhinged elements of their party, Frankfort Republicans finally had a moment of clarity and dismissed all baseless impeachment petitions against Governor Andy Beshear. The fact that they waited weeks to do so shows blatant, disgusting partisanship.
Both Speaker Osborne and Rep. Nemes owe the Governor and the people of Kentucky an apology for wasting our time, our patience, and taxpayer dollars on a partisan made-for-tv show. Maybe they take their cues from celebrities turned politicians, but the people of Kentucky need help, and it’s unfortunate that the Republican majority has chosen to forsake their constituents for toxic partisanship.
We should also not lose sight that one of the reasons they have dismissed these petitions is to provide cover for Attorney General Cameron and Representative Goforth. Aiding a constitutional officer who has broken the public trust, and [a] member of the legislature who has been indicted for horrifically abusing his spouse, is a sick power play and we must call it out for what it is: An abuse of power to cover up a destructive agenda that is designed to set Kentucky back and keep the people of Kentucky down.
Kentucky is a leader right now in the fight against COVID-19. Gov. Beshear’s actions have undoubtedly saved lives and kept Kentuckians safe from this devastating virus. Both the Kentucky Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled in favor of these actions.
It’s time Republicans in the legislature focus on things that will help us defeat this virus and that will help Kentuckians until that day comes. A great start would be to stop blocking the Governor’s proposal of $220 million in relief for Kentucky small businesses and nonprofits.”
From Aaron Viles, chair of Progress Kentucky
“We are glad to see the end of this charade. It’s outrageous that a handful of radical individuals who had previously tried to threaten and intimidate our Governor as he worked hard to address the Coronavirus pandemic and keep our commonwealth safe, were empowered by Republican leaders in the statehouse.
Despite the fact that the charges levied against the Governor by this rogue’s gallery had already been adjudicated by the state Supreme Court and found to be legal and appropriate, the House Impeachment Committee took weeks to reject the petition and get back to legislating. Each hour spent in closed session, shutting out the public, granted more legitimacy to fact-free partisan grievances that should have been rejected immediately. This bogus impeachment was a partisan distraction. Good riddance to bad rubbish.”