Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst called for the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama during a Tarrant County Tea Party candidate forum on Monday.

According to the Texas Observer:

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

The crowd at Monday's meeting of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party got more than they bargained for. The event at Concordia Lutheran Church in the Fort Worth suburb of Bedford was originally planned so tea party members could learn about the Muslim Brotherhood's supposed infiltration of the United States. But the crowd was also treated to a dose of the sniping that's come to define the Texas lieutenant governor's race — and saw the state's second-highest elected official, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, call for President Obama's impeachment and removal from office.

Dewhurst was the first lieutenant governor candidate to speak. Since losing a 2012 Senate primary to Ted Cruz in part because of his insufficient tea party cred, Dewhurst has been working hard to ingratiate himself with his party's right wing. He's reached out to, and won praise from, tea party leaders around the state. And given the chance to appeal to the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party, Dewhurst opened with the big guns.

"This election is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now. I don't know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached," he declared to hearty applause. "Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime."

Following the event, Dewhurst told the Observer, "I think this president, Barack Obama, has disregarded federal law. He's tried to do things which are not authorized under federal law, such as with immigration, such as not following our federal drug laws. He's created winners and losers out of Obamacare where he has no authority, such as allowing for the unions and big businesses to postpone their mandates for a year."

He also added his concern about Benghazi.

"I'm very concerned about Benghazi, in which all of the national news reporting indicated that live video was streaming into the White House. That means that there was an overhead platform, probably a drone in the area. At least that's what it tells me," he said. "And for not mobilizing some response to protect the ambassador and those three Americans is just outrageous to me. Just outrageous."

Dewhurst did clarify that he was speaking his personal opinion in the capacity of a private citizen, not in his role as Lieutenant Governor.

Additionally, a spokesperson for Dewhurst told the Texas Tribune believes that Obama took his role as president too far on issues like immigration and Obamacare, as well as his role, or lack of one, in the attacks in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead.

"He feels very strongly about the tragedy in Benghazi and has said that Congress should consider impeaching the President over the tragedy," the spokesman told the Tribune. "David Dewhurst also believes that President Obama should be held accountable for Washington's failure to secure the border and the gross overreach of the federal government under Obamacare."

While I'm glad to hear Dewhurst take this stand, I do have to wonder at his motives, especially in light of the spineless way he dealt with the TSA situation back in 2012.

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