PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Maine GOP chairman has met with district leaders through Zoom to discuss whether to reprimand U.S. Senator Susan Collins for her vote in convicting former President Donald Trump on his impeachment trial.
GOP chairman Demi Kouzounas told state committee members in a weekend email to prepare for an emergency meeting “in the near future” to discuss the vote by Collins, one of seven Republicans accused of inciting Trump condemned to rebellion.
Collins, who had just won re-election in 2020, suggested that disgruntled members of their own party shouldn’t set the big tent philosophy on fire.
“We have to develop the Republican Party. I’m the last remaining Republican in the federal office in all of New England. There is room in our party for people who disagree with one another. It is our core principles that bring us together, ”she said in a statement on Tuesday.
Helen Tutwiler, Kennebec County GOP chairwoman, said the county chairmen met through Zoom Monday night to discuss the issue, but said they shouldn’t speak to the news media.
With the support of 17 members of the State Committee, who represent at least six counties, a special session of the State Committee can be held with a notice period of 10 days. Tutwiler said she expected a meeting of the state committee “very soon”.
Jason Savage, executive director of Maine GOP, told The Associated Press he couldn’t confirm any details.
Collins, R-Maine, reiterated their position Tuesday that Trump had done everything in his power to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
“The impeachment proceedings were not about a single word that President Trump uttered on January 6,” she told WLOB when a crowd of Trump supporters entered the US Capitol. “It was about his failure to keep the oath he swore on January 20, 2017.”
Collins isn’t alone in Congress when it comes to heating her voice at home. The Louisiana GOP reprimanded US Senator Bill Cassidy. In Wyoming, the State party reprimanded US Representative Liz Cheney for her house election to indict Trump.
Without going into procedural details, Tutwiler said she and several other Republicans were upset about Collins’ impeachment vote.
“I don’t think she did the right thing for the Maine people who supported her last campaign,” she said.
Collins has always staked the middle ground in Maine and touted her willingness to cross the aisle. She beat Democrat Sara Gideon in the highly competitive competition of her career in November.
Even though the GOP is considering reprimanding them, Collins appears on mailings paid for by the GOP in Maine in support of Republican William Guerrette for the Senate in a 14th special constituency.
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