GOP House Candidate: ‘I Would Be Open To Impeachment’

A Republican House candidate in Tennessee expressed openness to impeaching President Barack Obama as a way to stop his “overreach.”

State Sen. Jim Tracy, who’s vying to defeat two-term Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the Aug. 7 primary for his safely Republican seat, endorsed Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) lawsuit against Obama and signaled a willingness to go further.

“Obama has abused the powers of the executive branch time and time again,” Tracy said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “I would be open to impeachment as an option to put a stop to the out-of-control executive orders and overreach this president has shown.”

DesJarlais has been critical of Obama but has suggested impeachment is impractical given that Democrats control the Senate. It is a complicated issue for Republicans because 57 percent of the GOP base supports impeaching the president, according to a recent CNN poll. Democrats are actively fueling the discussion of impeachment, confident that it’ll turn moderate voters against the GOP ahead of the 2014 elections.

Photo credit: Jim Tracy’s Facebook page.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK