Impeachment activists grill legislative leaders

Times Argus

04/18/07

They will not take no for an answer. More than 125 Vermonters from 56 communities congregated at the Statehouse Tuesday and sought to pressure legislators from both chambers and of all political persuasions to act on a resolution calling for President Bush’s impeachment this session. The demonstration culminated with a testy and antagonistic 30-minute exchange with the state’s top two Democrats whom impeachment supporters say are blocking the resolution from moving forward. ‘You are breaking down a cornerstone of democracy,’ said one woman to Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, D-Windham, and House Speaker Gaye Symington, D-Jericho. ‘If the Democratic Party won’t listen to us, maybe we should just leave the party,’ yelled one man during the meeting. Shumlin, who supports impeachment, and Symington, who does not, kept their cool during the exchange. But the two state Democratic leaders reiterated that a House resolution does not have the committee support to proceed and there is no longer time in this legislative session to pass a Senate resolution...

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