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Moon looking to impeach Nixon over special elections


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, spent most of Monday meeting with fellow Republicans one-on-one looking for support for articles of impeachment he is hoping to file against Gov. Jay Nixon over Nixon’s delay in announcing special elections for 3 vacant House seats.

Last week, Nixon announced an August election date to fill three vacant house seats, one of which has been vacant since late last spring when then-Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith was elected to Congress.

Rep. Mike Moon
Rep. Mike Moon

Republicans complained publically that Nixon was skirting the law by refusing to announce special elections sooner, accusing him of playing politics with the Republican-controlled House.

Several GOP lawmakers confirmed that Moon was seeking support for impeachment articles, which may be filed as early as tomorrow. Moon himself confirmed he was exploring the matter but declined to comment until details were finalized.

Moon also addressed the Republican caucus today before session began, pitching his impeachment and looking for supporters, according to several lawmakers in attendance. Those same lawmakers confirmed there was some support for the issue, but declined to identify exactly how many lawmakers may have signed on to the impeachment during the meeting.