In a Facebook posting, state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, suggests that legislators give “serious consideration” to impeachment of Gov. Bill Haslam for having “bowed down” to the U.S. Supreme Court on the same-sex marriage ruling, reports the Times-Free Press.
Womick brought up impeachment as he shared a link to MSNBC liberal talk show host Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” page, which featured a video of South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright attacking the legalization of same-sex marriage during a debate on the Confederate flag.
In the post Womick said, “And where is Tennessee’s leadership oh that’s right our Governor bowed down to the five self appointed gods in black robes just minutes after they issued their ‘opinion!'”
Womick went on to charge that Haslam “changed Tennessee state law and our State Constitution without ever consulting with the General Assembly. I think it’s time to give serious consideration to impeachment hearings against Gov. Haslam and these five rogue SCOTUS justices!”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Haslam and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, a fellow Republican, said they disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling but noted the state had no choice but to follow the ruling.
…Efforts to reach Womick were unsuccessful.
Haslam spokesman David Smith had no comment on Womick’s Facebook posting. Asked whether Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell planned to join with Womick on exploring impeachment, a top Harwell aide said, “No, she’s not.”
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said of Womick that “maybe he just got a little carried away. I wouldn’t be in favor of that [impeachment]. I wasn’t sure what the charge was or the reasoning behind it was. I assume it was complying with the Supreme Court decision.”
“I don’t think the governor has a choice,” McCormick added.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini said such talk from Womick should come as no surprise.
“It’s typical,” she said. “He may want to look into how our government actually works before he says outrageous things like this. There’s a reason why we have a system of checks and balances. There’s plenty of times I’ve disagreed [with Supreme Court decisions] but that’s how our government is set up.”