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Wisconsin Congressman plays spoiler in impeachment effort



Kudos to Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher. The Republican representing the Fox Valley area was the deciding vote in the effort to remove the nation’s Homeland Security Director. Republicans have been targeting Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas since they took control of the House in 2020. This week a vote was taken seeking to remove Mayorkas from his job. Nearly all Republicans voted to fire Mayorkas, but not Gallagher. Gallagher wisely voted to keep Mayorkas in office, but it has nothing to do with his job performance. In fact, Gallagher has been very critical of the job Mayorkas is doing, at least as it relates to the immigration crisis at our southern border. The Wisconsin Congressman has gone so far to call Mayorkas incompetent. Gallagher’s no vote was a principled one. He argues that even if Mayorkas is incompetent, his behavior does not rise to the impeachable level of high crimes and misdemeanors. He is simply doing the bidding of his boss, President Joe Biden. Gallagher points out that if the bar was lowered for impeachment of cabinet members, in future administrations, Republican cabinet members would be targeted for impeachment. That would be a Pandora’s box. Impeachment should be reserved for those who commit high crimes and misdemeanors, not those who carry out a President’s unpopular policies.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kevin

    February 9, 2024 at 7:23 am

    Gallagher is payed off by someone, you know it, we know it, now the world knows it. The laws are being broken, the states are not being defended, he is calling 8million people a ‘policy’ dispute?

    When is an invasion not an invasion? When the Uni-Party invites and encourages illegal immigration, then gives away the store and forbids anyone from taking any action against the law breakers?

    It’s bullshit Shaw, and you know it! Be a just little bit intellectually honest!

    • The Dude

      February 9, 2024 at 10:04 am


      I think we can all agree that there is a mass invasion of our country across the southern border.

      To Mr. Shaw’s point the Homeland Security Director is being directed by President Joe Biden or ???.

      Even if he were impeached the powers that be will not change policy and the “replacement” Homeland Security Director will be shackled with the same policies.

      Although I am very VERY disturbed at the mass ILLEGAL influx of undocumented and the number of unknown individuals entering our country. If impeachment is the new governmental approach we will get nothing accomplished.

      With that being said, as a Democrat I did not like Mr. Trump but was vehemently opposed to how my party fabricated multiple impeachments to hamstring his administration. Under Mr. Trump’s administration the crime was down and overall wages and wealth were growing. So I must commend his policy and directions.

      So again it is the Presidential Policy that drives the border crisis not the individual. Where I have problems with my Democratic party is when I watch drones capturing videos of the over run border. The narrative that is being driven by the President or ??? is given to Alejandro Mayorkas and Karine Jean-Pierre, to state the border is secure.

      Being a Democrat does not mean that I am closed minded and believe un truths. So again, if we impeach Mayorkas the next person seated there will be the mouth piece opf the president or ???.

      I can see he other side of the coin that we don’t want this impeaching to become “standard procedure”. My only fear is that my Demorcrat party will turn and try to impeach a Republican Homeland Security Director if they attempt to close our borders.

      We all need to put party aside and look to what is fair and just for all legal American citizens. (that’s right I said it: just because you are in a country does NOT mean you are a Citizen of that country)

      • Kevin

        February 12, 2024 at 9:33 am

        I do agree, ultimately Mayorkas is just another puppet in the theater of puppet masters and puppet master wannabes.

        There is never, and I mean never, accountability for the crap our executive branch, legislative branch, and judicial branches do and say. I fully understand that impeaching Mayorkas won’t stop illegal immigration. Hell, our executive/legislative branch back to Reagan’s time and before have been encouraging illegal immigration for political and economic gain. Then these ‘masters of the universe’ play on our Christian empathy, and humanitarian desires to set us against each other.

        The electorate has been saying enforce the laws since Reagan. The first person to even attempt to enforce the law was Trump. We can all see what that has started. Trump is being persecute, and no matter what you think about his personality, he is being persecuted because he had the stones to actually try and do something.

        Impeaching Mayorkas and sending him to jail is a very public signal that there is some accountability in our government for doing their job. We all know that we actually can’t impeach a president or anyone for ‘Not Doing Their Job’, we can only impeach them for very fraudulent and manufactured reasons.

        Personally I think our government is circling the drain, impeaching Mayorkas was one stroke of the plunger trying to stop the stool from overflowing onto us, the general populous, but Gallagher said, oh not, we need to mind our place and say, ‘Thank you sir, may I have another’!

  2. Char

    February 9, 2024 at 10:33 am

    Mayorkas IS NOT doing his job, and neither is the person in charge who directed him to do what he is doing. IT IS high crimes and misdemeanors to do what he is doing and should have been impeached.
    The Democrats falsely impeached Donald Trump with “evidence” they new to be untrue. At least the evidence they used to try to impeach Mayorkas was true. Mr. Gallagher should be ashamed of himself.
    Wake up Mr. Shaw.

  3. Walden

    February 9, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    The vote was symbolic only as the Senate would never concur. That said, Gallagher still didnt have the guts to do the right thing for his country.

    Gallagher must take his orders from the same paymasters as WIZM, because no clear-eyed rational person would make such conclusions.

    Meanwhile, Biden does nothing to reverse his actions that caused the crises in the first place. The House was impeaching the wrong person.

    • The Dude

      February 9, 2024 at 4:53 pm


      Touche my friend, well said.

  4. M. Reynolds

    February 9, 2024 at 4:55 pm

    Can’t we all just get along

    • Kent Porter

      February 14, 2024 at 6:28 am


  5. Kent Porter

    February 10, 2024 at 11:53 am

    Gallagher voted no so it would not be a tie vote which means that Republicans can reopen the vote at any time . If it were a tie vote it would of been done
    Sorry Scotty to burst your liberal bubble !!!!

    • walden

      February 10, 2024 at 9:24 pm

      I think you are mistaken. Moore (R Utah) originally voted yes, but later changed his vote to no to preserve the ability to reopen the vote as you described above.

      Gallagher voted no and gave his reason as not wanting to set a precedent for impeaching cabinet members. Gallagher is a joke.

      • Walden

        February 12, 2024 at 10:09 am

        Gallagher announced he would not seek re-election 48 hours after his vote.

        He has been nominated to the Bart Stupak hall of fame.

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