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Impeach Gov. Rick Scott? So soon? Yes, some say

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Impeach Gov. Rick Scott?
 
Several hundred Floridians have signed an online petition calling for the governor's impeachment after only three months in office. A petition letter on the social networking site www.change.org cites Scott's rejection of federal rail money, his  opposition to seeking federal approval of two voter-approved fair-redistricting measures and support for drug-testing welfare recipients. "It is time to investigate and impeach this self-promoting man. Florida can do better!" the petition states. 
 
Not likely. Only the state House has the power to impeach a governor -- by a two-thirds vote -- and more than two-thirds of the House members are Republicans like Scott. If he were impeached, he would be tried by the Senate, where 28 of 40 members are Republicans.
 
"Absolutely not," said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, when asked if Scott deserved to be thrown out of office. He had received at least 67 petition letters as of Monday, and Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, also received dozens. "It's silly," Fasano said. "I totally disagree with that."

Scott's spokesman, Brian Burgess, did not respond to a request for comment Monday. 

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 5:27pm]

    

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