Yael T. Abouhalkah

GOP’s bid to impeach Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is laughable

Updated: 2014-02-09T01:31:54Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

In a publicity stunt, a few Missouri Republicans are trying to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon.

It’s a laughable action that further embarrasses this state.

A little-known Parkville Republican, Nick Marshall, has been threatening for months to file the articles of impeachment. This week he finally carried through, with a few more GOP members going along with him.

Naturally, the issue has something to do with gay marriage, which sticks in the craw of far too many conservative Republicans in this state and across the nation.

Nixon is accused of ignoring a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman, because the governor has signed an executive order that lets same-sex couples file joint Missouri tax returns.

That doesn’t even rise to the level of being considered for impeachment, effectively taking away the votes that 1.5 million Missourians cast for Nixon as governor in 2012.

Democrats reacted with indignation, understandably.

Love this from state Rep. Jake Hummel, House minority leader from St. Louis: “The filing of bogus articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon is further proof, as if any was needed, that the crazy wing has taken over the House Republican Caucus. There are many serious issues facing Missouri that will require serious people to solve. These aren’t serious people.”

True, the state has to deal with what to do about unaccredited school districts, uninsured Missourians and a budget that’s always tight.

Instead of tackling the serious problems, however, Marshall and a few other Republicans want to attract attention to their absurd feelings about gay marriage.

What a waste of time, but oh-so typical of some lawmakers bereft of ideas on how to truly improve Missouri.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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