Add Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to the list of senators facing possible censure in their home states for voting to convict former President Donald Trump at the recently completed impeachment trial.
Maine’s Republican Party planned to consider censuring Collins over her vote, per The Hill.
County GOP chairs were to meet Monday, according to the state’s Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage, News Center Maine reported. He added any comment will wait until “after matters are discussed by the county chairs.”
The meeting’s agenda was to include discussion on how to “respond” to Collins, who joined six Republican colleagues in voting to convict the former president for inciting protesters to riot the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas emailed members Saturday say “many of you are upset after what happened today as are we” and “to be prepared for an emergency state committee meeting in the near future” to discuss Collins’ vote, the Bangor Daily News reported.
The Daily News, which obtained a copy of Kouzounas’ email, reported a vote from the state GOP could come before the end of February.
Waldo County GOP Chair Katrina Smith told the Daily News that Collins had listened to county Republicans’ thoughts on impeachment last week ahead of the vote. Smith said county leaders were “100 percent against impeachment.”
Representatives for Collins did not immediately return a request for comment.
“My vote in this trial stems from my own duty to defend the Constitution of the United States,” Collins said from the Senate floor defending her vote. “The abuse of power and betrayal of his oath by President Trump meet the constitutional standard of high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The Louisiana Republican Party censured Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., during the weekend, several county-level GOP parties censured Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and the North Carolina Republican Party on Monday censured Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., for their votes to convict Trump.
Utah Republicans had used social media to circulate a petition to censure Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, as a result of his vote.
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