Democratic Rep. Axne Says Impeachment Inquiry Could Absolutely Be a Disaster for Democrats

Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), a centrist Democrat who represents a battleground district in Iowa, said that the House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry could be a disaster for Democrats ahead of an election year.

“For months, Congresswoman Axne, before this Ukraine scandal broke, your Democratic House Speaker had been hesitant to wade into this full-blown impeachment inquiry fearing it could put moderate Democratic lawmakers—perhaps you put yourself in that category—in danger of the 2020 elections. How much of that fear is still there with you? This could be a political disaster for the Democrats could it not?” asked host Ben Kieffer of Iowa Public Radio in an interview.

“Well, absolutely,” Axne said in response to Kieffers question. “Historically its not very beneficial from a political perspective to conduct presidential impeachment.”

She added in the interview: “But you know, really that [political backlash concerns over impeachment] has to go by the wayside. Its about doing whats right for this country. And I completely understand where the Speaker was coming from. Many times she went back to the place where she said this is the American peoples choice. That will be seen at the voting box. I know thats what were going to see. Were going to see people very much voting on this issue.”

Axne represents Iowas third congressional district, which is one of the 31 districts in which President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Axne won the seat during the 2018 midterm elections, but because her district is pro-Trump, she remains a vulnerable target for 2020.

This image from video made available by House TV on Oct. 31, 2019 shows the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington and the vote count to approve the rules for its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. (House TV via AP)

In the interview, Axne noted that she represents a purple district, which puts her in a risky spot in terms of reelection.

Axne voted “yea” during the Oct. 31 House vote on an impeachment inquiry resolution. Only two Democrats voted against it, and they are also from districts that voted for Trump.Read More – Source

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