Maine GOP to consider censuring Collins over vote to convict Trump

Maine GOP to consider censuring Collins over vote to convict Trump
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The Maine Republican Party plans to discuss and consider censuring Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure Bill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-Maine) over her vote to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away 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 CassidyTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (R-La.) over the weekend and several county-level GOP parties have censured Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.). 

The North Carolina GOP planned to vote on a censure against Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (R-N.C.) on Monday due to his vote to convict Trump.