Ohio GOP Governor: Impeachment Over COVID-19 ‘Ridiculous,’ Filers ‘Should Go Talk to Those Front-line Health People’
Mike DeWine, the Republican governor of Ohio, said Tuesday that the group of GOP state representatives attempting to impeach him should instead be focused on fighting the coronavirus.
“Well look, It is four members of the general assembly. They introduced a resolution before to have me impeached. I guess they have a right to go and file anything they want to, but we are going to stay focused on what we have to do. As you pointed out, we’re being hit very very hard,” DeWine told host Tony DokoupiI on CBS This Morning.
“But governor, this is not a small issue. It’s tied to vaccine acceptance, it’s tied to wearing masks, it’s tied to whatever the next stage is for you in terms of public health and prevention,” Dokoupil interjected.
“These people think you don’t care about them and they’re accusing you of disregard. What’s your message to those politicians and also the people who follow them?” Dokoupil asked DeWine.
“Well what I said yesterday in our press conference when I got that question was, they should talk to the first-line nurses,” DeWine replied, referring to critics of COVID-19 restrictions.
“We had four nurses yesterday on our press conference. It was gut-wrenching to listen to them when they describe how it is when someone is dying of COVID, how it is when someone cannot be in contact with their family, and tremendous toll on these nurses, on the doctors, on the people on the front-line,” DeWine continued. “People who want to criticize measures like wearing masks and basic things we know, absolutely know, work, they should go talk to those front-line health people because I think when they listen to them it is pretty clear we have to do whatever we can to slow this virus down.”
DeWine closed his interview by calling the impeachment effort “ridiculous.”
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GOP State Representatives John Becker (Union Township), Nino Vitale (Champagne County), Candice Keller (Butler County), and Paul Zeltwanger (Deerfield Township, Lebanon and Mason) said their allegations against DeWine are an “effort to restore the rule of law” because they believe DeWine’s coronavirus orders are unconstitutional.
“Governor DeWine’s mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open. He weaponized the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to bully and harass businesses and the people; to enforce a statewide mask mandate and other controversial measures of dubious ‘value,’ making Ohio a hostile work environment,” the representatives said in a statement.
The GOP quartet accused DeWine of causing undue harm to Ohioans, even though his actions were solely aimed at protecting residents of his state from COVID-19, which is spreading uncontrollably.
“Rather than hearing the cries of Ohioans, Governor DeWine continues to stifle those cries by finding more inventive ways to use masks to muffle the voices of the people,” Baker said. “He continues to have callous disregard for the fact that his isolation policies have led to a shockingly high number of suicides, alarming rates of drug abuse, persistently high unemployment, and the forced abandonment of the elderly by their loved ones.”
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