A Maine Republican lawmaker has moved to impeach his state’s radical Democrat Secretary of State Shenna Bellows after she removed President Donald Trump’s name from the GOP 2024 primary ballot.
As Slay News reported, Bellows is pushing the Democrats’ false claim that Trump is “ineligible” under Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
Maine is among the latest of multiple Democrat-led states to face challenges over President Trump’s ballot eligibility under the conspiracy theory that he incited the Jan. 6 “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol in 2021.
Democrats insist that Trump, the 2024 election frontrunner, must be disqualified from ever holding public office again under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection and rebellion” clause.
However, there was no “insurrection” on January 6, 2021, and Trump did not incite the protests in Washington D.C. on that day, nor has he been convicted of any crimes related to the events.
Nevertheless, Bellows is using this false narrative as justification to interfere in the 2024 presidential election by blocking Maine’s residents from voting for Democrat President Joe Biden’s greatest threat.
Unlike in most other states where such challenges are being addressed in the courts, Maine’s secretary of State is first allowed to decide on such claims before they can then be appealed and handled in court.
Maine State Rep. John Andrews (R-Paris) has responded by blasting Bellows’ politically motivated decision.
Andrews argues that Bellows had no authority to unilaterally remove Trump from the ballot.
He slammed the decision as an example of “raw partisanship.”
Andrews is now moving to impeach Bellows for her efforts to interfere in the presidential election.
“I wish to file a Joint Order, or whichever is the proper parliamentary mechanism under Mason’s Rules, to impeach Secretary of State Shenna Bellows,” Andrews said.
“I wish to impeach Secretary Bellows on the grounds that she is barring an American citizen and 45th President of the United States, who is convicted of no crime or impeachment, their right to appear on a Maine Republican Primary ballot.
“Donald J. Trump has met all qualifications for the March 2024 Republican Presidential Primary,” he added.
“He should be allowed on the ballot.
“This is raw partisanship and has no place in the offices of our state’s Constitutional Officers.”
Bellows rejected a bid by Trump’s legal team to get her to recuse herself from making a ruling on his eligibility amid multiple challenges to his candidacy.
Andrews said that Bellows’ move was in part motivated to raise her profile for the Maine governor’s race in 2026.
“This is hyper-partisanship on full display,” he said.
“A Secretary of State APPOINTED by legislative Democrats bans President Trump from the 2024 ballot so that she can jockey for position in the 2026 Democrat Primary for Governor.
“Banana Republic isn’t just a store at the mall.”
Maine Republicans have considered moving to a caucus system to bypass Bellows’ ruling.
“This political activism by Shenna Bellows, it’s not going to stand,” Maine GOP Chairman Joel Stetkis told WGAN.
“At the party, since yesterday, we’ve been working on an appeal to the Maine Superior Court and we’re also reserving the right to return to a caucus system where Shenna Bellows will have absolutely no say in who Mainers choose for the Republican nominee for president.”
Trump has faced several 14th Amendment challenges to his candidacy including in states like Michigan and Minnesota where efforts have failed.
In Colorado, the state’s Supreme Court decided to kick Trump off the ballot last week.
As of Thursday, Trump will be allowed to appear on Colorado’s 2024 primary ballot after the state’s Republican Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that disqualified him.