Florida pols react to House opening impeachment inquiry on Joe Biden

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Early responses were predictable, but many officials have yet to chime in.

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced the House will begin an impeachment inquiry on President Joe Biden.

Florida’s political leaders broke along party lines when reacting to the news. Many Republicans immediately came out in support, including members of the House who will ultimately vote whether to impeach the President. Democrats, meanwhile, dismissed the news as a distraction and stunt.

U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack, a Gainesville Republican, posted on X: “”Moving forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Biden is the next logical and necessary step to restoring accountability in Washington. Since Republicans took back the People’s House in January, we’ve been hard at work investigating the extent of the President’s shady business dealings with his son and foreign entities. The American people deserve the truth and it is the role of the House of Representatives to pursue it.”

U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a Miramar Democrat, posted on X: “Instead of addressing the issues that working families care about, extremist Republicans are threatening a catastrophic government shutdown and an outrageous impeachment. Americans cannot afford these petty political games.”

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, a Naples Republican, posted on X: “Question: Is there enough evidence to at least start an Impeachment Inquiry? Answer: Yeah, 100%.”

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a West Palm Beach Democrat, posted on X: “Republicans have investigated President Biden for nine months and have come up with zero evidence of any wrongdoing. We are days away from a dangerous government shutdown, but MAGA Republicans would rather focus on a baseless impeachment inquiry, which is nothing more than a distraction.”

U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin, a Lakeland Republican, posted on X: “I support Speaker McCarthy‘s impeachment inquiry into President Biden. The American people deserve answers.”

U.S. Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost, an Orlando Democrat, released a statement: “With less than 20 days until a catastrophic government shutdown, Speaker McCarthy — who has spent the last nine months unable to convince his own party to pass even the simplest pieces of legislation — has become a Speaker in name only, caving to the MAGA wing of his caucus without even a fight. Floridians and Americans know this impeachment inquiry is nonsense and more about seeking revenge than ensuring the future of our Democracy, intended to create a political spectacle over unproven allegations against President Biden’s family. Speaker McCarthy and his Republican allies are playing with the well-being of our nation for sport, and the American people are taking note.”

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, posted on X and mentioned skepticism about impeachment from Fox News: “When Speaker McCarthy makes his announcement in moments, remember that as I pushed him for weeks, Brian Kilmeade said I was: ‘Speaking into the wind on impeachment.’ Turns out, the wind may be listening!”

U.S. Rep. Carlos Giménez, a Miami-Dade Republican, posted on X: “There is plenty of smoke coming out of the White House which justifies an impeachment inquiry. As a career firefighter paramedic, I know firsthand that where there is smoke, there is fire. I FULLY support Speaker McCarthy’s decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry.”

U.S. Rep. Cory Mills, a Winter Park Republican, posted on X: “The evidence against Joe Biden and the Biden crime family is already overwhelming and this step (is) long overdue. I support taking the investigation to the next level and impeachment against Biden’s corruption and policy failures in office.”

U.S. Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Parkland Democrat, posted on X: “Nine months of hearings, millions of tax payer money wasted, led by (James) Comer, that yielded NO evidence on Joe Biden. Video Game reset.”

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat, posted on X: “Instead of working to fund Florida disaster relief and ensure government stays open, extreme MAGA Republicans launched a baseless impeachment inquiry today. They were too scared to have a vote, making the effort unlawful. Dems will defend truth and deliver for America.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, a St. Augustine Beach Republican, posted on X: “An impeachment inquiry is what Congress needs to get answers on the Biden family’s nefarious international business dealings.”

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, a Clermont Republican, released a statement: “For months, House Republicans have conducted methodical oversight investigations into President Biden’s influence peddling scheme and have uncovered serious allegations into his conduct. Unlike the Democrat’s soviet-style impeachment of President Trump, House Republicans are committed to conducting a thorough investigation into President Biden in the pursuit of oversight and accountability. Following numerous witness testimonies and interviews, including that of the former business partner of the President’s son, we’ve learned that President Biden lied to the American people about his knowledge and involvement in his son’s business dealings. By launching a formal impeachment inquiry, the House Committees on Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways & Means will have additional tools needed to further investigate serious and credible allegations of abuse of power and corruption by the President and gather evidence necessary for accountability. Americans deserve answers and expect accountability. I will continue to work with my colleagues and do my part to ensure that President Biden and his administration are held accountable for any wrongdoings.”

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Hollywood Democrat, released a statement: “Once again, we see a disgraceful display of political theater by the extreme House Republicans, led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Their decision to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden is a partisan stunt aimed at hurting the President and distracting from the real issues that matter to the American people. Let’s not mince words here: Republicans in Congress have failed to produce a single shred of evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden or his administration. Their so-called bombshell evidence does not exist. MAGA Republicans have gone to great lengths, reviewing thousands of documents and interviewing witnesses, yet they have found nothing to substantiate their allegations. Even Fox News, hardly a bastion of liberalism, has repeatedly stated that there is no evidence to support these claims. This shameful impeachment crusade is a desperate ploy by MAGA Republicans to distract from the serious legal troubles of their thrice indicted, twice impeached, sued, insurrection inciter, former President Donald Trump. Amid all this partisan posturing, it’s clear that MAGA Republicans have the wrong priorities. Instead of focusing on issues like the economy and the cost of living that genuinely impact Americans, they are obsessed with partisan political stunts. The GOP has failed to present a comprehensive economic plan, pass crucial bills to address the needs of everyday Americans, and is attempting to gut vital investments in childcare, education, healthcare, and job training. They lack a coherent strategy to promote economic growth and prosperity. Whether it’s threatening government shutdowns or defunding the FBI to protect Trump, they expose their true allegiance to the MAGA agenda over the nation’s well-being.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • SteveHC

    September 12, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    CORY MILLS is a Republican, not a Democrat as stated in this article.

    • Pat for the course

      September 12, 2023 at 12:27 pm

      On this site it sadly is not a shocking mistake.

      • Silly Wabbit

        September 12, 2023 at 1:12 pm

        You sad.

        • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

          September 12, 2023 at 4:16 pm

          Thanks Friend Wabbit for calling out that childish poster. All of the Florida Politicians who responded called me, Earl Pitts American, and thanked me for leading the charge against McCarthy and setting the proper “tone” that they could bounce off and like me, Earl Pitts American, appear to also be close to my level of an all knowing all seeing political commenter.
          My friend Wabbit, when it comes to calling out Dook 4 Brains RINO Politicians, you have to agree, nobody sets the stage for the others to follow quite like me.

  • Elmo

    September 12, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    This is how Republicans “govern.” One absurd distraction after another.

  • JD

    September 12, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    This will end badly for the Republicans any way you slice it.

    If they don’t have evidence, they are going to look foolish and retaliatory.

    If they don’t have the votes in the House to impeach – they look weak and retaliatory.

    If they don’t have the votes in the Senate to convict – they look weak and retaliatory.

    It’s going to drive the moderate right voters away and push moderate left towards.

    Anyone think this through? Good luck.

  • Michael K

    September 12, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    More performative distraction from Republicans, who should leave the theater to the artistic professionals whom they despise and disdain. Excepting, of course, MJT and her baboon-like appearance and primal scream at the SOTU. And Matt Gaetz has the vocabulary and mannerisms of a five-year-old. These two embody what Republican congresspeople amount to these days.

    Governing is a foreign concept to these fools.


      September 14, 2023 at 11:15 am

      you are so right!!!!!!!!

  • N Beaudoin

    September 12, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    Reading through the comments and everyone is leaving out the word “inquiry”. It is not an impeachment as of yet. The White House will have to open up files and proceed with inquiries when requested.

  • WiseOld1

    September 13, 2023 at 12:30 am

    It will take the ‘Intervention’ of God Himself, to stop the non-sense that’s going on in this Country. Too many politicians in Washington, both political parties, seem not to care about anything except themselves. They definitely have demonstrated that to the American people. All they do is ‘fight’ amongst themselves. Show hatred towards themselves – and does practically nothing to better the country. Americans should stand up and say ‘Enough is Enough.’ We’re tired of the do nothings, the hatred, the fighting, the racism and all of the bickering. There should be a group of Americans to stand up and speak up before it’s too late. We, ‘the People of the United States of American should ‘Stand Up, and Speak Up.’

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