Locked in a shockingly tight re-election campaign, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has informed the Huffington Post he is “investigating articles of impeachment” against U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
DeFazio claims Roberts “undermined our democracy” with the Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to spend money independently on electoral races.
But DeFazio’s opponent, Republican Art Robinson, calls the impeachment notion a “publicity stunt.”
“Impeach the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court over a decision you don’t like? It’s nonsense,” Robinson told WND. “He’s trying to save his seat out here in any way he can. He’s in real trouble.”
DeFazio, a 12-term incumbent first elected in 1986, is facing a serious challenge from Robinson in a very difficult year for Democrats. DeFazio won with 82 percent of the vote in 2008. But an Oct. 15 Wilson Research poll had DeFazio leading by just six points, 48-42.
“It’s a heck of a race, very tight, and he may lose,” said Robinson. “The last couple of weeks have been incredible. He’s spending a million dollars on the biggest pile of lies you ever saw. There’s no evidence of diminished support for us. The people don’t like this kind of campaigning, but we don’t know what the effects of this massive campaign will be.
“He’s got about 10 outright lies he’s pushing on billboards and TV.”
DeFazio’s congressional office and district offices refused to return multiple WND requests for comment.
Robinson accused DeFazio, a founder of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus, of telling a number of specific lies about him, including:
- Robinson is bankrolled by oil companies, when “I never got a cent from oil companies.”
- Robinson wants to cancel all taxes for CEOs of energy companies.
- Robinson lives in a survivalist compound on Social Security payments, when “I am the president of a biochemical research institute, and I also sell homeschooling curricula.”
- Robinson is laundering money from a secret campaign contributor.
“DeFazio is putting on this whole disinformation campaign to try to shift attention from the real issues to these side issues,” Robinson told WND. “A lot of lying goes on in political campaigns, but this guy is setting some kind of record.”
The money-laundering charge focuses on a New York investor who has independently spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads targeting DeFazio. The congressman claims the expenditures were made possible by the Citizens United decision, hence the attack on Roberts.
“The person supporting the ads is an individual, not a corporation, so it has nothing to do with the Citizens United case,” said Robinson. “I was delighted he did this. DeFazio had a 3-to-1 advantage in advertising, but the independent ads made it 3-to-2.”