How an impeachment vote could impact Wisconsin's presidential race

NOW: How an impeachment vote could impact Wisconsin’s presidential race

With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, announcing the House will draft impeachment articles, Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman says he hopes lawmakers can soon focus on other issues.

"As long as impeachment is leading the headlines, these other critical issues are being left to the side," Grothman said.

Sen Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, sent this statement that if impeachment articles reach the senate,  she will take her oath seriously and defend the constitution.

Rep Bryan Steil, R-WI, wrote in a statement “I disagree with Speaker Pelosi. I am opposed to the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Speaker Pelosi’s announcement continues this political circus. Issues like USMCA, our nation’s defense bill, and prescription drug costs are pushed to the sidelines to focus on impeachment. Let’s stop this nonsense and get to work on behalf of the American people."

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-WI, stated “The public hearings into the impeachment inquiry have allowed Americans to hear from courageous public servants and career-long diplomats. Each of these selfless Americans reaffirmed that what Trump did was plain wrong and refutes the shifting justifications that the White House and its allies have offered regarding him asking Ukraine’s president “to do me a favor.”

Marquette Law Fellow Mike Gousha says the upcoming process will create "tribal politics."

"Democrats tend to see this, for the most part, as something that must be done, and that it's the right thing to do, and Republicans see this as an assault on their president," Gousha said.

The last M.U. Law Poll,  taken on the first day of the recent public hearings, showed dwindling support for impeachment. Only 40% of respondents were in favor versus 53% who were against it.

Gousha says the next poll will show if those hearings made a difference.

"Will you see the numbers for the people supporting the impeachment of the president and his removal from the office continue to erode? That's the big question that we don't know."

Gousha says democrats risk losing independent voters.

"The American public has a fairly short appetite for these kinds of things. You often see in investigations that go on for a while, the public begins to turn away."

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