The South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution at its state convention Saturday, calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
The resolution says President Obama has violated his oath of office, citing the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl and the president's statement that people could keep their health insurance companies. It also cites recent Environmental Protection Agency regulations on power plants.
It calls on the state's U.S. Representatives to start impeachment proceedings against the president. Delegates voted 191-176 in favor of the resolution.
The South Dakota democratic party released several statements, challenging the State's Republican leaders to turn down the resolution.
Zach Crago, Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party, expressed astonishment that the South Dakota Republican Party had passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Obama, and called on U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rounds to state whether he was in support of the resolution or not:
"It says in the United States Constitution that impeachment would be used only for 'treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.' I believe that Mike Rounds should come clean with South Dakotans on whether he supports his party's resolution and, if so, specifically which 'high crime or misdemeanor' that the President has committed," said Crago.
South Dakota Democratic Party Chain Deb Knecht called on Congresswoman Kristi Noem and Senator John Thune to reject the resolution passed by the South Dakota Republican Party at their state convention to impeach President Barack Obama. "The South Dakota Republican Party has had many opportunities to put working families and the middle class first, but instead they want to impeach the President. Make no mistake - tea party politics have taken over the SDGOP. Let's be clear: out of touch tea party politics aren't going to create good jobs, protect the middle class or grow the economy," said Deb Knecht.
State Republican leaders have not yet commented on the resolution.
At the GOP Convention in Rapid City, the South Dakota Republican Party officially nominated their candidates for constitutional office at the 125th GOP State Convention in Rapid City.
Delegates from across the state nominated candidates for the offices of Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Commissioner of Schools and Public Lands, and Public Utilities Commissioner.
State Senator Shantel Krebs of Sioux Falls received the party's nomination for Secretary of State. Ryan Brunner was nominated for Commissioner of Schools and Public Lands, to replace Vernon Larson, acting commissioner.
The convention re-nominated its current slate of serving constitutional officers: Matt Michels, Lt. Governor; Marty Jackley, Attorney General; Auditor, Steve Barnett; Rich Sattgast, Treasurer; and Gary Hanson, Public Utilities Commissioner.