Two Tea Party candidates in Alabama challenging U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner (R) in a GOP primary vowed yesterday to impeach President Obama, if elected.
At a candidate forum hosted by the tea party group Common Sense Campaign, both Pete Riehm and Dean Young were asked if they would introduce articles of impeachment against President Obama, and both replied “yes” to loud applause, according to the Mobile Press-Register.
“First, I would cut off his funding. If that didn’t work, I would introduce a resolution describing what he’s done wrong. The last resort, which I am willing to take, would be to impeach him,” Young explained further. Riehm was equally unapologetic, saying, “failure to recognize wrong-doing is moral dereliction and, when you have the authority, failure to uphold the law is accessory to the crime.” Among President Obama’s crimes, argues Riehm, is his failure to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and failure to enforce federal laws on immigration and elections.
Bonner was quick to distance himself from the comments, saying impeachment “is a serious charge, and you better have good reasons before making it.” Even the forum moderator, conservative columnist Quin Hillyer, dismissed the idea as “pure demagoguery.”