Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Impeach Arnie? Nah.

Via Calitics, Governor Schwarzenegger said he would refuse to sign any  bills untill the legislature passed water legislation. It turns out that it
is a felony to seek to influence a legislative vote by means of bribery, promise of reward, intimidation or other dishonest means.
"While politicians are certainly allowed to express their disagreements in any way they find productive, they are not allowed to refuse to perform their sworn duties in order to force the legislature to accept policy positions," Torrico wrote. "And public officials are specifically prohibited from the kind of direct 'horse trading' in which a government official agrees to take, or not take, a certain action in exchange for a specific vote."

In the background a few Democrats are mulling whether this rises to the level of an impeachable offense. I don't think so. I think it's ordinary politics and is certainly not worth the hassle and distraction an impeachment trial would bring. I hope it's just a reporter stirring up stuff.

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