Maine Republican To Impeach Bellows After Anti-Trump Ballot Decision

Maine state Rep. John Andrews (R) recently filed a motion to impeach Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows after she unilaterally decided to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential primary ballot.

Bellows recently barred the former president from The Pine Tree State’s ballot after hearing testimony based on YouTube videos regarding Trump’s alleged efforts to “incite insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021. The secretary of state has also consistently denounced the president on social media and has accused him of crimes that have yet to be proven.

Andrews said that Bellows’ decision was an example of “raw partisanship” and that she could not remove the former president because she wished to do so.

Bellows cited Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that an “officer of the United States” who has “engaged in insurrection” is ineligible to seek or hold public office, as her reason to prevent Trump’s presidential candidacy in Maine.

In her ruling, the secretary of state, like many leftists, failed to acknowledge that Trump was not an officer of the U.S. during his tenure as president.

“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,” he added.

“Donald J. Trump has met all qualifications for the March 2024 Republican Presidential Primary. He should be allowed on the ballot. This is raw partisanship and has no place in the offices of our state’s Constitutional Officers,” Andrews continued.

Bellows previously rejected a request from Trump’s legal team for her to recuse herself from making such a decision based on the former president’s ballot eligibility. Andrews claimed that the secretary of state went forth with her efforts to interfere in the 2024 presidential election to make a name for herself as Maine’s gubernatorial race nears.

Andrews said Bellows made the decision “so that she can jockey for position in the 2026 Democrat Primary for Governor.”