John Rutherford, Al Lawson diverge on Donald Trump impeachment
Separate ways on Impeachment.

Lawson is among the last Democrats to support the inquiry.

The two U.S. Congressmen representing Jacksonville collaborate on many issues, but they are on opposite sides of the Impeachment debate.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson told the Gadsden County Times that he joins over half the Congress in supporting an impeachment inquiry into Pres. Donald Trump.

A soft launch of the position, with good reason.

Lawson, whose 5th Congressional District sprawls from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, has been backed by many Jacksonville Republicans.

Lawson and Trump had a 2016 campaign connection in Susie Wiles, the Jacksonville operative.

Wiles set up meetings with Lawson and Jacksonville reporters in 2016, shortly before she took the helm of the Trump campaign in Florida.

The 2018 campaign saw Lawson pilloried by primary challenger Alvin Brown as “Trump’s favorite Democrat.” Lawson’s campaign countered that with a visit from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Lawson waited as long as he could to signal a position on this issue, long after most of the party had moved behind the Speaker.

U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, meanwhile, saw no need to impeach.

“I have read the memorandum on President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, and it is clear that there was no quid-pro-quo as many members of the media and my House colleagues predicted.

“This is what happens when you rush to judgment before the facts are out. I support the full release of the whistleblower complaint so that any additional facts may come to light,” Rutherford said.

“The truth is Americans are exhausted with this impeachment sideshow. It’s a divisive, political fight that will now be carried out by folks who have no interest in a careful consideration of the facts. I have no doubt that the upcoming months of partisan warfare will be bad for our country,” Rutherford added, going on to describe a distracting, unnecessary impeachment inquiry designed to inflame political hatred.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Corrine

    September 26, 2019 at 7:41 am

    As a lifelong Democrat I have watched my party as it has slowly been hijacked by the Communists! The democratic platform of flooding the country with illegals, sending jobs and companies out of the country, pushing welfare instead of jobs, killing live babies at the point of birth has simply done me in! There is a huge globalist plan to conquer & dominate the masses.
    President Trump is the first President in my 76 years who is helping the black community! Al Lawson knows this and if he truly cared about the black community then he should be honest with them.

    • gary

      September 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      Corrine, you clearly are enlightened with the truth! God bless you! Thank you for spreading the truth!

    • Pat

      October 5, 2019 at 9:31 am

      In all did the respect, could you elaborate what he has done specifically for blacks? Could you please define communism? By the way, globalism happened when those Africans left Africa to populate the earth. This globalism.I do agree that we should have control of our borders, yes but I want all immigrants held to the same standards of the southern border. We 7.4 million high tech and job openings and growing. This country’s labor policies need to change. All jobs openings need to be filled, people trained, certified,or licensed to fill those jobs before we let any new people in the country. Additionally, immigrants can come in and take the low level job and replenish the population. Killing a baby after it is born is called murder. Emmett Till mother had to endure that.

  • stjohnspatriot

    September 26, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    ZELENSKY: We are ready to buy more weapons from you.

    TRUMP: I would like you to do us a favor though. Please look into the DNC server hack. Our attorney general will be calling you about that. I’d also like you to investigate Joe Biden’s son. Rudy Giuliani and our attorney general will be calling you about that.

    ZELENSKY: No problem. The next prosecutor general will be 100 percent my candidate. He or she will look into this.

    Our president acts like a mob boss and Rutherford is OK with that. Looking forward to getting him and eventually Rubio and Scott on record. This will be the vote that will haunt them the rest of their lives.

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