(Conservative Playbook)—A Maine Republican state legislator, Representative John Andrews, has expressed his intention to pursue impeachment against Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. This comes after Bellows disqualified former President Donald Trump from the 2024 Republican primary ballot, referencing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection” from holding office.
Andrews filed a request with the Maine Revisor’s Office, indicating his desire to file a Joint Order or the appropriate parliamentary mechanism under Mason’s Rules to impeach Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. He criticized the process of appointing Constitutional Officers in Maine, asserting that they are selected by elected Democrat Party insiders through partisan deals in the State House.
In his statement, Andrews emphasized that he aims to impeach Bellows based on the grounds that she is preventing an American citizen, the 45th President of the United States, who has not been convicted of any crime or impeachment, from appearing on the Maine Republican Party ballot in March.
He accused Bellows of displaying hyper-partisanship, asserting that her decision is driven by political motives. Andrews highlighted the importance of upholding the democratic process and criticized the perceived lack of neutrality in Bellows’ actions.
Andrews’ press release cited a social media post in which he characterized Bellows’ decision as “hyper-partisanship on full display” and alleged that it serves her political ambitions.
In response to the controversy, Bellows defended her move during a CNN interview, stating that she carefully reviewed Section Three of the 14th Amendment and interpreted it to include Trump’s engagement in the January 6, 2021, events as an insurrection. She emphasized the weight of evidence indicating an attack on the Capitol and the rule of law.
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The decision by Bellows to disqualify Trump from the 2024 primary ballot is part of a broader trend, as similar actions have been taken in other states, including Colorado, referencing the same constitutional clause. The controversy surrounding Bellows’ decision has sparked discussions on the interpretation of the 14th Amendment and its application to individuals who participated in events like the January 6 insurrection.
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