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Online petitions to impeach Gov. Bevin gaining thousands of signatures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An online petition calling for the impeachment of Gov. Matt Bevin now has more 8,000 signatures. But it's highly unlikely the movement will lead to any action against Kentucky's new governor.

They're easy to find on Facebook, posts linking to petitions calling for the impeachment of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

There are least two petitions and one on change.org has more than 8,000 signatures.

Another, on ThePetitionSite.org, has more than 7,000.

Both express anger at the governor's proposed budget cuts and his positions on hot button issues.

Mark Gunn, of Louisville, is among the signers.

“Kynect and all of those services that the previous governor, Beshear, put into place that were so beneficial, he's basically rolling back,” Gunn told WDRB News.

University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton told WDRB he “doubts very seriously” the petitions could lead to any action against Gov. Bevin.

Clayton says the online petitions are a way to express opinions, but that's about it.

“Just because someone doesn't like the politics of a person, that doesn't necessarily rise to the level of an impeachable offense,” said Clayton.

It is very difficult to remove a sitting governor. In fact, it's never been done in the history of Kentucky.

By law, anyone can submit an impeachment petition to the state house, but it must be accompanied by an affidavit, or sworn statement, alleging specific misconduct.

If the House chooses to investigate, and if the House then approves articles of impeachment -- or formal charges -- then the Senate holds a trial.

It’s all extremely unlikely, short of a serious offense.

“Something that would be criminal activity, and then, I think, that would clearly rise to the level of what would be considered a high crime, which is sort of a vague term, high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Clayton.

Gunn says the petition does send a message.

“If the governor doesn't do anything that's an impeachable offense, then the petition would be for naught, other than to voice our displeasure,” said Gunn.

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