Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Governor of Massachusetts Favors Impeachment

Governor of Massachusetts Favors Impeachment
By Robert Feuer, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

On Friday, 13 July, Governor Deval Patrick showed his skills at working with the Massachusetts Legislature by passing all but $40 million of a $28.4 billion legislative budget for fiscal year 2008, which starts on 1 July 2007.

On the beautiful Summer's eve of 12 July, in a lower field at the Patrick's secluded country retreat in Richmond, Massachusetts, a fund raiser was being held. For a mere minimum of $250, over three hundred supporters and elected officials gathered under a series of catered white tents with three bars flowing beverages to go with the hors d'oeuvre.

I bit the bullet, paid the entry fee, and armed with the March 2007, National Priorities Project's "War Costs to Massachusetts", I headed right for the governor. I dutifully waited for him to conclude his hello's to others ahead of me. In time he turned to me, "Hello, Bob", Deval offered his hand and warm smile, "Thanks so much for coming out tonight to see me."

"The pleasure is all mine," I responded. "By the way, have you had a chance to read the Edward Bellamy book I gave you at Pittsfield High School. Thank you for your nice letter of thanks and recognition." His face told me he had been way to busy to start reading Looking Backward.

"I know how busy you have been, especially with tomorrow's deadline to respond to the legislature's budget. How would you like an extra $12.9 Billion for Massachusetts?" I asked. The Governor's eyes lighted up, his smile broadened, it was as if a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders. "Surely," he responded.

"Well, truth be told, Massachusetts can't have it because that's how much the war has cost Massachusetts. Way before this 'surge', Massachusetts had suffered the death of forty-eight hard working, tax paying soldiers; and had suffered 384 wounded soldiers."

"Bob, your killing me with these numbers," he replied.

"Deval, what's your view on state action for impeachment of Bush and Cheney?" His chagrin quickly changed to excitement, as he explained that as an active member of the NGA, National Governor's Association, he was aware that the organization is angry with the DNC, Democratic National Committee, for its foot-dragging on impeachment. He opined that there are far fewer members needed for a majority in the NGA, than in the Massachusetts Legislature; and he indicated such a majority may well already exist. NGA is one of Washington DC's most respected public policy organizations and serves as a key liaison between the state governments and the federal government. Presently, Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano (D), is NGA Chair. Suddenly, things are looking a lot brighter. Governor Napolitano was the first woman governor elected as a clean election candidate.

According to Jefferson's Rules of the U.S. House, one complete state legislature's petition for impeachment takes priority in the House. This would clearly blow away the Speaker's roadblock to immediate impeachment. What is unclear to me is whether a petition from the NGA would hold the same sway in the U.S. House. None the less, in the event an NGA resolution for impeachment is readily attainable; for one, it would gain national media attention, and, secondly, it would move this issue further along.

As to the Massachusetts Legislature, the representatives and senator present at the governor's fundraising, each confided they were personally in favor of impeachment. Each also tried to persuade me that he or she was the only one in the state house who would say so. They did their best to convince me that we would sooner have a new president inaugurated, than a Massachusetts legislative petition for impeachment to send to Congress.

I know a smoke screen when I see one, and this one is a classic. The majority of Americans, outside the beltway, which includes the individual members of both the GCA and the Massachusetts Legislature, want Cheney impeached yesterday. There are 200 people in the Massachusetts Legislature, it shouldn't take one month to voter ID each one on the impeachment issue. If we could then get the governor to propel a state bill for impeachment, we should have a Massachusetts legislative petition to send Speaker Pelosi before mid-September 2007.


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: ‘Disruption’ Is For Losers

Disruption – anarchic, dynamic, table-tipping, mould-breaking, consensus-shattering disruption – has become part of every corporate bout of auto-hype to the faddish point where the term has lost any useful meaning it might once have had. More>>


Werewolf: Coney Island (And The Trumps), Baby

Like much of that part of the coast, and given the storm surges of Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island should be occupied only by clumps of grass and seabirds. Instead there are 60,000 people in multi-storey apartment buildings living among the faded remnants of a once-spectacular fantasyland.. More>>


Gordon Campbell:
On Corbyn, Trump And Outsider Politics

Jeremy Corbyn elevated to the leadership of Britain’s Labour Party! Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on the rise in the US… On both sides of the Atlantic, these are dark days for the political Establishment. More>>


Operation Chrysalis: A New Beginning For Scoop

On December 19th 2014 the Scoop Team set out on a project called "Operation Chrysalis". We decided to turn Scoop's 16 year old online news publishing business into a new kind of news business, one connected directly to its readers, owned by a not-for-profit and based on a new business model. More>>


Keith Rankin: The Economy - What's It For?

I re-watched the Q+A 'immigration debate' screenedon 23 August. In light of recent events, the discussion already seems very dated. The underlying assumptions were that the economy is a system in which production growth is pretty much the sole objective, and that migration policy must serve this end of output maximisation... More>>

Until Dawn: Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Suppermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. Until Dawn begins with ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news