Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Impeach Rick Scott? Good luck with that

There are an online petition and several Facebook pages calling for it, but impeachment likely won't be the way to rid Florida of Gov. Rick Scott.

The Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports:
Impeach Gov. Rick Scott?

Several hundred Floridians are calling for just that only three months after Scott took office, signing an online petition letter on the social networking site www.change.org. The petition cites Scott's rejection of federal rail money, his opposition to seeking federal approval of two voter-approved fair-redistricting measures and support for drug-testing welfare recipients.

"It is time to investigate and impeach this self-promoting man. Florida can do better!" the petition states.
But given state law, impeachment of Scott is very unlikely.

Only the state House has the power to impeach a governor — by a two-thirds vote — and more than two-thirds of House members are Republicans like Scott. If he were impeached, he would be tried by the Senate, where 28 of the 40 members are Republicans.

"Absolutely not," said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, when asked if Scott deserved to be thrown out of office. He had received at least 67 petition letters as of Monday.

"It's silly," said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who also received several dozen letters. "I totally disagree with that."

1 comment:

  1. Rick Scott defends his reasoning for rejecting the high speed rail money in an interview with Malcolm Out Loud. Watch it for yourself and maybe see things in a new light malcolmoutloud.tv