State Rep. Matt Maddock (R) announced that he is joining with Reps. Daire Rendon (R), Beau LaFave (R), Ryan Berman (R), and Shane Hernandez (R) on the effort. He said incoming legislators Ken Borton (R) and Steve Carra (R) are supportive, as well.
State Sens. Dan Lauwers (R) and Lana Theis (R) are also backing impeachment, Maddock said.
Maddock posted a list of reasons for why he believed Whitmer should be impeached:
- Ignored court orders.
- Violated our Constitutional rights.
- Completely ignored due process and the legislature.
- Weaponized contact tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns.
- Using our kids as political pawns and denied special needs students who depend on the services that occur during in-person classes. Caused the unnecessary death of thousands of our vulnerable elderly who died alone and scared in nursing homes.
Under the Michigan Constitution, the state House of Representatives does have the power to impeach “civil officers for corrupt conduct in office or for crimes or misdemeanors.”
Three representatives would be appointed to prosecute the impeachment case in the Senate. Two-thirds of senators must vote to convict the governor in order for her to be removed. Republicans hold a 22-16 majority in that chamber, Ballotpedia reported, so at least three Democrats would need to vote affirmatively for removal.
This announcement comes a day after Michigan health officials announced new, targeted restrictions set to begin on Wednesday that affect bars, restaurants and schools. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to operate only outdoor dining, and all high school and college classes must be conducted remotely.
As WWMT reported, Whitmer’s press secretary, Tiffany Brown, responded by saying, “Governor Whitmer doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks, don’t believe in science, and don’t have a plan to fight this virus. Right now, she is focused on saving lives. The governor will continue to work hard for all 10 million Michiganders. This is about Michigan vs. COVID-19. Governor Whitmer doesn’t care if you’re a Trump Republican or a Biden Democrat. We are all in this together.”