‘We didn’t send him there to do the right thing’: Pennsylvania Republicans can censure Sen. Pat Toomey for impeachment vote

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“’We didn’t send you there to vote on your conscience. We didn’t send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing. We send you there to represent us. ”

It was David Ball, chairman of the Republican Party in Washington County, Pennsylvania, who criticized Senator Pat Toomey, a fellow Pennsylvania Republican, for his vote Saturday to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection against the United States Capitol. United. Toomey was one of seven Republicans who voted with all Senate Democrats and independents to convict Trump. The vote on Trump’s conviction ran against the former president by a 57-43 margin, which fell short of the required two-thirds majority.

Toomey has been censured by individual counties in Pennsylvania, but Ball is pushing for Republicans across the state to formally censure him for his impeachment vote. This has happened to other Republicans in recent days, with Senator Bill Cassidy censored by Louisiana Republicans before the end of Saturday. Representative Adam Kinzinger, who voted to impeach Trump in the House, was censored not only by a local Republican organization in north-central Illinois, but also by a group of family members. Censorship is an act by a government entity or organization to publicly reprimand a government official through a formal statement. There are no formal consequences of a censorship. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the California House of Representatives, rejected comments after the impeachment vote that Congress could swing toward a censure of Trump twice acquitted. The censures, he said, are for violations such as misuse of Congressional stationery, not for inciting a deadly insurrection. Toomey, explaining his vote on Saturday, said: “It really was the accumulation of the weight of all the evidence. [that], I think, argued overwhelmingly in favor of the conviction. “See also: Dogecoin founder says the rise of cryptocurrencies ‘is not something you can comprehend.’ Before impeachment, Toomey said he was retiring from the Senate when his term ends in 2022. “I did what I thought was right,” he said. “And I’d certainly like to think that regardless of my political circumstances or whether I am running for office again or not, I would do the same.”