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Iowa’s New Gov. Terry Branstad Goes From Not Commenting On To Not Supporting Ouster Of Justices

Just before the New Year, Iowa’s Republican governor-elect Terry Branstad, who takes office Jan. 14, told reporters he had “enough on my plate not to get into” whether the state’s Supreme Court justices should be removed for voting in favor of same-sex marriage. Given that it was a “separate branch of government,” Branstad remarked, “I don’t intend to comment on it.” Well that quickly changed. Now, says Branstad, “I don’t think that impeachment is the appropriate remedy.” So even though he agrees with Republican lawmakers that the justices “over-reached” in legalizing gay marriage, “The Constitution says what the grounds for impeachment are. My reading is it’s not there. There’s a difference between malfeasance and over-reaching, I think. I really think that if people look at the Constitution, I think the remedy is that when they come up for retention that people have a chance to vote them out. I think that’s the appropriate remedy. I don’t think that impeachment is the appropriate remedy.” So there.