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Maine GOP to consider censuring Collins over vote to convict Trump

Maine GOP to consider censuring Collins over vote to convict Trump
© Greg Nash

The Maine Republican Party plans to discuss and consider censuring Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Trump's early endorsements reveal GOP rift The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (R-Maine) over her vote to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE during the Senate impeachment trial.

County Republican chairs are scheduled to meet on Monday to deliberate on how to “respond” to Collins’s Saturday vote to side with Democrats and six other Republicans to convict the former president, according to local news reports. 

Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage confirmed to News Center Maine that county GOP chairs would meet Monday but said any comment will wait until "after matters are discussed by the county chairs."

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A vote from the state GOP could come before the end of February, Bangor Daily News reported.   

Helen Tutwiler, the chair for the Kennebec County Republican Committee, told News Center Maine that she knows “a lot of people” are “asking the GOP to do something,” adding, “What exactly that is, I’m not sure.”

Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas told members in a Saturday email obtained by Bangor Daily News that “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’s vote.

Representatives for Collins did not immediately return a request for comment. 

The senator had listened to county Republicans’ thoughts on impeachment last week ahead of her vote, Waldo County GOP Chair Katrina Smith told Bangor Daily News, noting that the county leaders were “100 percent against impeachment.”

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Collins was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president on the impeachment article alleging he incited the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

“My vote in this trial stems from my own duty to defend the Constitution of the United States,” she said in a floor speech defending her vote. “The abuse of power and betrayal of his oath by President Trump meet the constitutional standard of high crimes and misdemeanors.”

She is not the only Republican senator facing possible retribution, as the Louisiana Republican Party censured Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyCalls grow for national paid family leave amid pandemic Senators urge Energy chief to prioritize cybersecurity amid growing threats Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE (R-La.) over the weekend and several county-level GOP parties have censured Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.). 

The North Carolina GOP planned to vote on a censure against Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFormer North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid North Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid Democratic hopeful Jeff Jackson raises .3M for North Carolina Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.) on Monday due to his vote to convict Trump.