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Ohio House Speaker stays silent on an effort to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima), one of the two candidates vying to replace Householder, speaks to reporters after the vote
Karen Kasler
Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima), one of the two candidates vying to replace Householder, speaks to reporters after the vote

Some Republican legislators have said that impeachment charges could be filed against Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who’s sided with the three Democratic justices in throwing out GOP-drawn legislative and congressional maps. But a key party leader isn’t taking a position on that.

Bob Cupp was an Ohio Supreme Court justice from 2007-2013, serving alongside O’Connor, a fellow Republican. He’s now House Speaker and chairing the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which has approved on party-line votes all the maps that the court has rejected.

Cupp was asked after a commission meeting this weekend if he thinks O’Connor should be impeached.

“I don’t have any comment on that,” Cupp said.

Fellow commission member and Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said impeachment is “not a good idea.”

The Democrat who defeated Cupp in 2012 as he sought re-election to the state supreme court, former justice Bill O’Neill, said he’s stunned at the idea. Both O'Neill and retired Republican justice Paul Pfeifer said it won’t happen.