A group of State Representatives introduced a Resolution of Impeachment to have Ohio Governor Mike DeWine removed from office over his handling of COVID-19.
Rep. Nino Vitale announced Monday morning that the House has initiated the first steps of the impeachment process.
In an exceptionally rare move, House Republicans moved to impeach a Governor of the same party.
Vitale is joined by Reps. Candice Keller, Paul Zeltwanger and John Becker, Republican co-sponsors.
This is the first time in more than a century that Ohio lawmakers have filed articles of impeachment against a sitting governor.
See Articles of Impeachment here.
Impeachment requires a state legislature’s lower chamber to bring specific charges, and the upper chamber to act as the jury in an impeachment trial.
The move to impeach DeWine is an apparent response to hundreds, possibly thousands, of letters, emails and telephone calls to Ohio representatives over recent weeks demanding the removal of DeWine from office.
An online portal has been established through which Ohioans can contact their representatives regarding DeWine’s removal and follow the initial impeachment process.
Article II, Section 23 of the Ohio Constitution states that the “House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. “Articles of Impeachment may only be introduced in the House of Representatives.
A majority of the members elected must concur therein.
The Ohio Senate will have no role in the impeachment process until a majority of the House votes to impeach. The decision to hold a vote lies with the House Rules Committee.
Impeachments shall be tried by the senate; and the senators, when sitting for that purpose, shall be upon oath or affirmation to do justice according to law and evidence.
No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators.
Rep. Vitale has been very outspoken about DeWine’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on the economy, small businesses, religeous freedom and the Governor’s infringement on the liberties of Ohioans. Vitale’s Facebook Page has over 38,000 followers.
Vitale said, “Articles of Impeachment do not go far enough for me. While it’s a good step, Dictator DeWine needs to be charged and tried for crimes against humanity, in my opinion.”
Ohio has plenty of company. In June, Articles of Impeachment against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf were introduced. In July, Sen. Rand Paul called for the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the number of deaths among New York nursing home patients during the coronavirus outbreak this spring.
Five other states have begun the process to recall their governors, another way of removing an elected official from office.
Recall is differs from impeachment in that it is a political device while impeachment is a legal process.
Out of 19 states (plus the District of Columbia) that allow for the recall of state officials, efforts are currently underway to recall governors in at least five.
In New Jersey, Colorado and Oregon, elections officials have given organizers the OK to collect signatures to get a recall on the ballot.
In Alaska, a group to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has formally registered with the state and is currently circulating a petition to receive official approval.
There’s also a fifth effort underway in California.
And a sixth state may soon join the ranks, as opponents of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak say they’ll kick off a formal recall effort in the fall.
Only four gubernatorial recall efforts have ever made the ballot.
22 thoughts on “Initial Steps Taken by Ohio House to Remove Gov. Mike DeWine”
What nonsense. He is leading as best he can with this disease. He must stay!!!
No he must go he is a peice of shit and a damn monkey could run ohio better
Dewine is nonsense and any State Rep that fails to approve impeachment is ruining their own political career.
A poll asked who was in favor of impeachment. 85% of Ohioans want Dewine removed.
I agree with this impeachment effort. Governor DeWine has failed to represent the residents of Ohio in a fair way and especially when it comes to COVID-19.
Gov. Dewine has done an excellent job of keeping Ohioans imformed as to what is going on. He is kind and knowledgeable. Give the man some credit!!
He stopped giving data on nursing home cases. I work in one, guess what we have had many asymptomatic staff work with LTC patients and none of them are any more ill than before. Dewine refuses to leave his home and find out why the virus is not spreading
Drs are lying terrorist
We need to remove the governor of Michigan as well.
Thank god he needs removed from office I never belivie a word he said please get him out of office
Mike DeWine has lost sight of a good future for Ohio. Destroying businesses is never a good thing! He is acting more and more like a Democrat and he’s not representing the Republican party values.
Thank God! This Governor’s behavior is that of a tyrant. He’s destroying Ohio, for his own benefit! A 99% recovery rate, does not justify the destruction of businesses and families! Open OHIO!
Dewine is a shameful tyrant and should be held accountable!
Boot him out get our state open
Only @500 people in Ohio have died who did not live in a nursing home or a prison.
500 out of 12 million??!!!?
70% of the deaths were in nursing homes and 15% were in prisons
I support , impeachment is necessary to restore ohio.
Finally, some good news! Let’s see how many real democrats (supporters of democracy) there are in our House of Representatives. Will our elected representatives vote for the good of their constituents, or for the crony-ridden political system whereby the governor is currently trying to rule by fiat?
For a virus that is nearly 100% curable, DeWine has destroyed lives, small business owners (while allowing the mega stores to do business as usual), and our economy. Thank you to the representatives that stepped forward for the citizens of Ohio. If you think this virus was not planned, read Event 201, October, 2019, held in New York City, or Rockefeller Foundation, Lock Step, May 2010. People we are living the globalist’s agenda. Check it out – chilling!!
Dewine needs to go he has ruined our state
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I voted for Mary Taylor.
I voted for a Republican. Richard Mike Dewine is running Ohio like a Democrat. That means there were 2 Democrats on the ticket. If that was the case I would’ve voted Libertarian! PCR tests shouldn’t be used for pandemics! Look into their accuracy. Health director isn’t an elected official.
His mishandling of the shut down and continued throttling of Ohio’s economy is only one of many issues. 2nd amendment is another.
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