Ohio rebel GOP lawmakers want to accuse Governor Mike DeWine, one of the Republicans, of violating state and federal laws by ordering the wearing of masks and ordering businesses to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Accused of DeWine “taking over dictatorial power,” Secretary of State John Becker on Tuesday accused the governor of “placing nearly 12 million people under house arrest”.
“We can argue about whether these steps were effective in stopping the spread of the virus. I don’t know if they were, ”Becker told NBC News. – I know he did it outside the law.
DeWine, who opposed President Donald Trump by introducing comprehensive restrictions in the early stages of the pandemic, which for some time successfully flattened the coronavirus curve, rejected new efforts to drive it out after a similar move failed in the summer.
“I think they have the right to go and submit whatever they want, but you know, we’re still focused on what we need,” DeWine said in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday.
According to DeWine, lawmakers “want to criticize measures like wearing a mask and the basic things we know they know absolutely.”
“You know, they should go talk to those cutting-edge healthcare people because I think when they listen to them, it’s absolutely clear that we have to do everything we can to slow down the virus,” DeWine said.
DeWine has re-tied the nationwide mask mandate and other restrictions following last month’s presidential election after a number of new Covid-19 cases skyrocketed in Ohio.
Becker, along with MPs Candice Keller, Nino Vitale and Paul Zeltwanger, filed dozens of indictments on Monday. Among other things, DeWine was accused of arming the Ohio Employee Compensation Bureau with a “gun” to “harass and harass businesses and people” wearing public masks.
“But instead of hearing the cries of Ohio, Governor Ohine continues to stifle those cries by finding more ingenious ways to use masks to stifle people’s voices,” Becker said in a statement.
Christopher Devine, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Dayton and an expert on Ohio politics, said, “This is not a serious attempt to hold Governor DeWine accountable.”
“It will almost certainly fail, as will similar efforts by the same lawmakers in August,” he said. “The four lawmakers leading this effort are extreme members of the Ohio legislature who have little credibility with their colleagues and seem to focus much more on drawing attention to social media than on contributing in any constructive way to the pandemic. answer. “
Nevertheless, according to Devine, this suggests that DeWine is “in a vulnerable position among the more extreme members of the Republican party base when it seeks re-election and re-election in 2022”.
At the start of the pandemic, DeWine garnered bipartisan praise for its rapid action to curb the coronavirus crisis. In March, he declared a state of emergency to postpone the presidential history and asked among the first governors for a medical check-up of people in nursing homes or prisons.
DeWine resisted Trump’s calls to quickly open up the state economy and raise orders to stay home. But these steps upset Trump’s most ardent Republican supporters, who demonized DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, the then director of the State Department of Health.
While DeWine defended Acton, he resigned in June after the Republican-led legislature moved to limit his powers. Shortly thereafter, Ohio’s coronavirus numbers began to rise rapidly again.
According to the latest NBC data, on Tuesday, Ohio reported 421,063 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 6,429 deaths since the outbreak began. And most of the cases and deaths were reported as DeWine began to ease restrictions over the summer.
In August, Becker, Vitale and Zeltwanger wrote 10 indictment articles against DeWine. But he never got to a vote after both Republicans and Democrats objected.
According to Jane Timken, Ohio Republican party president Becker, Vitale and Zeltwanger, it is “an unfounded, weak attempt to pay attention to themselves”.
Ohio Democratic Party president David Pepper noted Republican hardliners want to oust DeWine, but did not expel MP Larry Householder from state legislation after being charged with corruption charges, although he was removed as Speaker of the House.
“The message from the Ohio GOP to voters is clear – corruption and bribery are fine with us, but the audacity to listen to public health experts in a time of global epidemic is an innocent crime,” he said.