“The New Hampshire Legislature has never acted to impeach a sitting governor.”
By Kevin Landrigan, New Hampshire Union Leader
Nov 24, 2020
CONCORD — A group of five incumbents and two newly elected Republican House members are pursuing a resolution in the 2021 legislative session to investigate the impeachment of Gov. Chris Sununu for abuse of his constitutional authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The request follows Sununu’s decision last week to require that people in New Hampshire wear a mask or face covering in public spaces, indoors and outdoors, when they cannot maintain at least 6 feet of social distance.
Sununu’s latest mask order does not impose any fines or punishments for those who refuse to wear one.
It also includes nine exceptions to the mandate, including students and staff in schools and anyone with a disability or medical condition who is unable to wear one.
In response to Sununu’s order, 100 protesters held signs and hosted a noisy demonstration outside Sununu’s home in Newfields last Sunday.
State Rep. Andrew Prout, R-Hudson, said in a statement:
“This move was not taken lightly. We must restore our government to its constitutional roots — with checks and balances — where the Legislature writes the laws and the executive branch implements them.”
Rep.-elect Melissa Blasek, R-Merrimack, said House Democratic leaders, in response to the coronavirus, shut down the State House last spring and gave Sununu this license to act as an autocratic leader, imposing his will on the rest of the state. Blasek said:
“While Speaker (Stephen) Shurtleff and House Majority Leader Doug Ley abdicated their legislative duties forcing Sununu’s hand, the GOP caucus stands ready and willing to work with him within the confines of the Constitution. We can’t have our governor acting as a king.”
Last week, the governor said he knew some freedom-loving conservatives wouldn’t agree with his mask decision.
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