Webster calls for impeachment of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale

WEST NORRITON, June 10 – State Rep. Joe Webster will soon introduce a House resolution calling for the impeachment of Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph C. Gale, following the commissioner’s June 1 statement claiming Black Lives Matter was responsible for looting and rioting in Philadelphia.

Webster circulated a co-sponsorship memo for the resolution on Wednesday.

“Commissioner Gale’s use of public office to disparage a large number of our community members – his constituents – and his contempt for those marching for racial justice make him unsuitable to represent a diverse county and its interests,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “Citizens who exercise the rights guaranteed them by the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions should not be met with such disdain from their own government officials.”

Gale issued a statement, using the county’s seal and masthead, groundlessly accusing Black Lives Matter of "urban domestic terror" and of seeking the “lawless destruction of our cities and surrounding communities.” He has been censured by his fellow Montgomery County commissioners.

“Impeachment is the only constitutional mechanism to hold Commissioner Gale accountable, and I’m introducing this resolution to ensure that he is,” Webster said. “I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in working to hold elected officials in our state to the highest possible standards of decency and responsibility.”