February 24, 2021 Media

KDP Statement on Dismissal of Beshear Impeachment Petitions

The following is a statement from Colmon Elridge, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party:

“After weeks of flirting with unhinged elements of their party, Frankfort Republicans finally had a moment of clarity and dismissed all baseless impeachment petitions against Governor Andy Beshear. The fact that they waited weeks to do so shows blatant, disgusting partisanship.

Both Speaker Osborne and Rep. Nemes owe the Governor and the people of Kentucky an apology for wasting our time, our patience, and taxpayer dollars on a partisan made-for-tv show. Maybe they take their cues from celebrities turned politicians, but the people of Kentucky need help, and it’s unfortunate that the Republican majority has chosen to forsake their constituents for toxic partisanship.

We should also not lose sight that one of the reasons they have dismissed these petitions is to provide cover for Attorney General Cameron and Representative Goforth. Aiding a constitutional officer who has broken the public trust and member of the legislature who has been indicted for horrifically abusing his spouse, is a sick power play and we must call it out for what it is. An abuse of power to cover up a destructive agenda that is designed to set Kentucky back and keep the people of Kentucky down.

Kentucky is a leader right now in the fight against COVID-19. Gov. Beshear’s actions have undoubtedly saved lives and kept Kentuckians safe from this devastating virus. Both the Kentucky Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled in favor of these actions.

It’s time Republicans in the legislature focus on things that will help us defeat this virus and that will help Kentuckians until that day comes. A great start would be to stop blocking the Governor’s proposal of $220 million in relief for Kentucky small businesses and nonprofits.”