PA’s GOP Leaders Throw Cold Water On Impeachment Plans

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People walk by the Pennsylvania Judicial Center. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Despite getting national media attention, a GOP push to impeach most of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Supreme Court Justices probably won’t get much traction.

House leaders say they don’t plan to support the measure.

A handful of House Republicans began calling for impeachment after the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court declared the state’s congressional map unconstitutional, and redrew it.

The new map is more favorable to Democrats.

The issue has now festered for more than a month.

Indiana County’s Cris Dush is the main sponsor. He said he thinks the justices “stripped the legislature of their sovereign authority to write legislation.”

But House GOP Leader Dave Reed said he and other leaders are wholeheartedly not on board–noting while they don’t agree with the court’s decision, impeachment is not the answer.

Reed’s spokesman, Steve Miskin, said the resolutions aren’t guaranteed committee votes.

And even if they get through at some point, he added, “seeing as the leader doesn’t seem apt to take it up, it’s not getting a vote on the floor right now.”

Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, one of two Republicans on the state’s high court, also condemned the impeachment resolutions.

He called them “an attack upon an independent judiciary.”

One thought on “PA’s GOP Leaders Throw Cold Water On Impeachment Plans

  1. Dush is a retired prison guard, not a constitutional law scholar. He says the Supreme Court acted without authority. It did not. Many precedents, including one notably authored by conservative icon Antonin Scalia, demonstrate that courts do have the authority to draw a redistricting map. Growe v. Emison, 507 US 25 (1993); Butcher v. Bloom, 415 Pa. 438(1964); Scranton v. Drew, 379 US 40 (1964). Dush is either wilfully ignorant or a liar. Not sure which is worse. Any legislator who does not actively oppose impeachment is just as bad.

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