The Republican Party in a county in Utah voted to censure Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) after he voted twice to convict former President Trump on different articles of impeachment.
The story: Republicans in Weber County voted 116-97 to censure the Senator over his vote record, specifically his decision to vote to convict Trump following his impeachment trials.
“The Weber County Republican Convention censures Mitt Romney for his votes to convict President Trump in two U.S. Senate impeachment trials which denied the President due process, allowed falsified evidence, did not provide adequate time for an investigation, and did not follow the U.S. Constitution which states a President may only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors,” the resolution reads.
It argues that the trial lacked evidence, “denied the President due process, allowed falsified evidence, did not provide adequate time for an investigation, and did not follow the U.S. Constitution which states a President may only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors,” and that given the circumstances, Romney’s vote was “unjust and unethical.”
The document also thanks Reps. John Curtis, Chris Stewart, Burgess Owens, and Blake Moore “for voting against the Democrats’ politically motivated articles of impeachment.”
What they’re saying: Weber County GOP Chairman Jake Sawyer said the party in the county wanted to voice its concerns.
“The good thing about Weber County is we can stay respectful and still voice our opinions which is exactly what we need in this Republican Party,” said Sawyer. “From the top down, we need to be able to voice our opinions agree with each other, and still come up with a solution at the end of the day.”
He further highlighted that Republicans were not entirely on one side when it came to Romney. Some wanted to censure him because they disagree with him, while others opposed the effort because they believe the GOP Senator was honest in his votes.
“From the ones who were for the censure they wanted to send a clear message that they are not okay with Senator Romney’s voting record and the way he has kind of represented part of Utah,” Sawyer explained. “The other side of the Republican Party says they do not want to censure him. They appreciate him voting his conscience and they appreciate him standing up for what he believes in and there is a small group of people who say they do not want to waste their time babysitting a sitting US Senator.”
Not a first: On May 1, lawmakers voted to censure Romney at the Utah Republican Party organizing convention, but the resolution failed by a slim margin.
Utah Republican Party spokeswoman Lynda Cox said at the time that the vote failed 711-798.
Worth noting: Romney spoke at the convention and was booed during his speech.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney said in response to the boos.“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues.”
“You can boo all you like,” he fired back. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012. So yeah, I understand that I have a few folks that don’t like me terribly much and I’m sorry about that. But I express my mind as I believe is right and I follow my conscience as I believe is right.”
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