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Ohio House conservatives move to impeach DeWine

For the second time in four months, state Rep. John Becker made a move to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over how he has handled the coronavirus pandemic this year.

Becker, R-Union Township, filed a dozen articles of impeachment on Monday, alleging that the Cedarville Republican has broken the law and violated the state and federal constitutions, the Dayton Daily Nedws and other Ohio outlets reported this evening.

Asked about the impeachment effort, DeWine in a Monday press conference said, “I’d like for them to go in and talk to some nurses who are frontline nurses who are dealing with people who are dying. At some point this foolishness needs to stop.”

Becker is joined by state Reps. Candice Keller, R-Middletown; Nino Vitale, R-Urbana; and Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason. They take issue with DeWineás public health orders that mandate face masks, set curfews for businesses and “âweaponizing” the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to “bully and harass businesses and the people” to wear masks.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said he had yet to see the latest articles of impeachment but noted that Becker’s last impeachment attempt was “patently absurd.”

In August, Becker, Vitale and Zeltwanger filed articles of impeachment against DeWine.

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