A group of 25 Republican lawmakers is renewing their quest to have Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf impeached, despite an evident lack of appetite among GOP leaders and the majority of their fellow legislators to pursue the idea.
State Rep. Darryl Metcalfe, chairman of the House Environmental Affairs and Energy Committee, announced this week that he was filing five articles of impeachment against the governor.
Metcalfe has been a leading and frequent critic of the governor, particularly over the administration’s moves to have the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a climate pact with other states, and over the governor’s moves related to the closure and gradual reopening of the state’s economy during the coronavirus crisis.
That COVID-19 response, which has infuriated many Republicans and business owners in the state, is the source of the five articles in Metcalfe’s resolution. The first two relate to the decision to shut down the economy, the third to problems relating to the state’s unemployment insurance program during the pandemic, the fourth to the infiltration of the state’s nursing homes by the virus, and the fifth to the administration’s responses to right-to-know requests.
“Although Governor Wolf had ample notice that residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities were at severe risk of contracting and dying from COVID-I9, Governor Wolf failed to direct the Department of Health to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to protect them,” Metcalfe’s resolution states. “More than two-thirds of all COVID-I9-related fatalities in this commonwealth have occurred in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.”
In a news release announcing the filing of the resolution, Metcalfe, as he often has in recent months, referred to Wolf as a “dictator.”
Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party:
A far-right group of Harrisburg Republicans, led by infamous bigot Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, just announced their intention to impeach Governor Wolf.
The impeachment resolution they're circulating is baseless—one more desperate ploy to treat COVID-19 as a political game rather than a health emergency. While Dems wage war on coronavirus, the GOP wages war on science, reality, and political boogeymen.
That's why flipping the PA House and the PA Senate is just as important as beating Trump this fall. If you stand with Governor Tom Wolf, please donate to replace the extremist Republicans trying to impeach him with Democrats who'll work with him.
Let's be very clear: this impeachment effort will accomplish nothing. Harrisburg Republicans do not have the votes, thanks to the blue wave your donations and hard work fueled in 2018!
And the Republicans' motivation runs totally contrary to reality. Our commonwealth is already reopening, and it's doing so in a smart, science-based way that's saving lives!
Harrisburg Republicans, in all their ignorance and hate, would rather follow Donald Trump into a second wave of sickness and death than allow Governor Wolf to do his job. We deserve so much better.
Joe Biden unleashed a stinging critique Wednesday of President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus, calling on Trump to “wake up” to the havoc caused by the pandemic and do more to prevent further harm.
presidential nominee said at a recreation center in the Philadelphia suburbs. “Unlike any other wartime leader, he takes no responsibility, he exercises no leadership. Now he has just flat surrendered the fight.”Biden has steadily stepped up his attacks on Trump's leadership in recent weeks. But his remarks Wednesday were especially sharp, trying to counter the populism Trump hopes to ride to reelection with stern warnings about how dangerous such an approach would be.At times pounding his lectern for emphasis, Biden said the Republican president wants to declare the pandemic over even as the outbreak continues to kill Americans and disrupt the economy.“We may lose some of the progress we’ve begun to make, all because he’s lost interest,” Biden said.The U.S. has topped 2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, and some states are reporting increases in cases after reopening their economies. A surge has been reported this week in Florida and Arizona, likely political battlegrounds in the November election.