UPDATE: Local candidate would seek to impeach Obama

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

Congressional candidate Don Webb, former chairman of the High Point Republican Party, said that he would “strongly support” an effort to impeach Democratic President Barack Obama if elected to the 6th District later this year.
Webb, one of a half a dozen Republicans seeking to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, said that the president is seeking to unconstitutionally bypass Congress and improperly use the authority of the White House. The president is taking executive actions to enact policies that are the responsibility of Congress, Webb said in a statement this week.
“We have a president who has contempt for the Constitution, for the doctrine of separation of powers and for the rule of law,” Webb said. “The Constitution provides the remedy for an out-of-control chief executive. It’s called impeachment.”
A spokesman for the N.C. Democratic Party called Webb’s position out of the mainstream.
“Sadly, these comments are indicative of the extreme mind-set that’s on full display in Republican primaries across North Carolina,” said Democratic spokesman Micah Beasley. “Voters deserve a compelling and constructive vision that puts North Carolinians back to work and stands up for our values, not issues from the political fringe.”
The topic of pursuing an impeachment has simmered in conservative political circles for the past year. Some Republicans in Congress and conservative activists say impeachment is a justifiable action to remove Obama from office for constitutional infractions. But other GOP congressmen and conservatives say impeaching the president is a drastic measure and might backfire against GOP candidates in this year’s elections.
A local political science professor said the debate in conservative circles about pursuing impeachment has gained traction with the rise of the Tea Party movement. Especially in the past year, some Tea Party activists see impeachment as a way to confront the Obama administration.
“You’ve seen one branch of the Republican Party go in that direction. But you’ve seen the more establishment side of the Republican Party realize that this would just be for show,” said Matthew DeSantis, professor of political science at Guilford Technical Community College.
Supporters of impeachment don’t have the votes in the Republican-controlled House to proceed against the president, DeSantis told The High Point Enterprise.
“Let alone the Senate, which is under Democratic control,” DeSantis said.
Webb, a U.S. Navy veteran and organizer of the annual High Point Veterans Day parade, was one of the first Republicans to enter the 6th Congressional District race last year before Coble announced his retirement plans in November.

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Digging deeper into the district
The 6th Congressional District is shaped like a funnel with High Point at its tip. The 10-county district stretches from Surry and Stokes counties in the west to Granville and Durham counties in the east.
U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, who turns 83 in March, is retiring after this year. The Republican and Democratic nominees to succeed Coble will be picked by voters in the May 6 primary, with the two 6th Congressional District candidates squaring off in the Nov. 4 general election. Coble has held the seat since 1984.

The other candidates include: Republicans Zack Matheny, Greensboro City Councilman; Phil Berger Jr., Rockingham County District Attorney; the Rev. Mark Walker, pastor of worship and music at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro; the Rev. Dan Collison, senior pastor of Dillon Road Baptist Church near Jamestown; and Democrats Laura Fjeld, former vice president with University of North Carolina system; and Bruce Davis, Guilford County commissioner from High Point.

 

 

Congressional candidate Don Webb, former chairman of the High Point Republican Party, said that he would “strongly support” an effort to impeach Democratic President Barack Obama if elected to the 6th District later this year.

Webb, one of a half a dozen Republicans seeking to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, said that the president is seeking to unconstitutionally bypass Congress and improperly use the authority of the White House. The president is taking executive actions to make policies that are the responsibility of Congress, Webb said in a statement this week.
“We have a president who has contempt for the Constitution, for the doctrine of separation of powers and for the rule of law,” Webb said. “The Constitution provides the remedy for an out-of-control chief executive. It’s called impeachment.”
The issue of pursuing an impeachment of the president has simmered in conservative political circles since last year. Some Republicans in Congress and conservative activists say impeachment is a justifiable action to remove Obama from office for constitutional infractions. But other GOP congressmen and conservatives say impeaching the president is a drastic, unjustified measure and might backfire against GOP candidates in this year’s elections.
Webb, a U.S. Navy veteran and organizer of the annual High Point Veterans Day parade, was one of the first Republicans to enter the 6th Congressional District race last year before Coble announced his retirement plans in November. The Republican and Democratic nominees will be picked by voters in the May 6 primary, with the two 6th Congressional District candidates squaring off in the Nov. 4 general election.
The 6th District is shaped like a funnel with High Point at its tip. The 10-county district stretches from Surry and Stokes counties in the west to Granville and Durham counties in the east. Coble will retire after serving through this year.

pjohnson@hpe.com | 888-3528