Civics 101 fail: Tennessee GOP lawmaker wants to impeach governor for obeying Supreme Court

A GOP congressman blustered that the Tennessee governor should be impeached because he is following the law.


Rep. Rick Womick (R-Murfreesboro), bashed Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for "bowing down" to the Supreme Court's ruling that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. According to the Times Free Press, Haslam stated he doesn't agree with the ruling but has ordered Tennessee civil employees to comply with the law.

"And where is Tennessee's leadership...oh that's right...our Governor bowed down to the five self appointed gods in black robes just minutes after they issued their 'opinion!'" Womick ranted on his Facebook page. "He changed Tennessee state law and our State Constitution without ever consulting with the General Assembly."

His comments prompted colleagues on both sides of the aisle to distance themselves from him.

"He may want to look into how our government actually works before he says outrageous things like this," Tennessee Democratic party chair Mary Mancini told the Times Free Press. "There's a reason why we have a system of checks and balances."

Fellow Republican legislator Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) accused Womick of getting "carried away," adding he didn't know what Haslam could possibly be impeached for.

Womick linked his post to a video of Lee Bright, a South Carolina state senator, lecturing about the nation being "founded on Judeo-Christian values" and condemning the "sanctioning of deviant behavior by five judges."

"Christ teaches us to love the homosexual," Bright says. "But he also teaches us to stand in the gap against sin."

Womick's profile picture on Facebook is of a man in colonial-era dress with a modern assault-style rifle slung around his neck clutching the American flag, with the words, "Militia is only a bad word if you're a tyrant."