Feb 28, 2021
Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote
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The Nebraska Republican Party officially rebuked Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseTrump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Republicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars MORE Saturday over his vote in favor of impeaching former President Trump earlier this month, CNN reports.
The state GOP reportedly did not censure him, but made its disapproval over his actions clear, arguing that he wasn't representing his constituents' wishes.
"The Nebraska Republican Party Central Committee expresses its deep disappointment and sadness with respect to the service of Senator Ben Sasse and calls for an immediate readjustment whereby he represents the people of Nebraska to Washington and not Washington to the people of Nebraska," the party's resolution reads, according to CNN.
It went on to argue that Sasse's criticism of Trump and support the former president's impeachment trial worked to the advantage of Democrats, who used his comments "as justification for a truncated impeachment process that denied the President due process."
"There are lots of good people involved in party activism and I care about them, but most Nebraskans don’t think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude," Sasse said in response to the state GOP's action, according to his spokesperson, James Weggman.
Weggman added that Sasse, who was previously rebuked in 2016, has "won far more votes and also earned more censures than anybody in Nebraska history, so maybe the two actually go hand in hand."
On Feb. 13, the Republican Party of Louisiana censured Sen. Bill Cassidy over his vote to convict Trump. Two days later, the North Carolina Republican Party voted unanimously to censure Sen. Richard Burr.
Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey has also been censured by GOP committees in several counties across the state, and lawmakers in Maine and Utah are debating taking formal action against Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped MORE and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 Trump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike MORE, respectively.
Trump was acquitted in a Senate trial after being impeached by the House over his role in the deadly siege by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol in January.Tags Ben Sasse Trump Donald Trump Patrick Toomey Susan Collins Richard Burr Bill Cassidy Mitt Romney Nebraska Impeachment
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St. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run
Mark McCloskey, who rose to national prominence after he was seen pointing an assault rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis last year, is looking at a possible Senate run in Missouri.
McCloskey, a wealthy personal-injury lawyer, said in an interview with Politico that a Senate run is a “consideration.”
McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, garnered attention in 2020 after they were seen waving guns at protesters outside their St. Louis mansion. While the two were indicted on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering, Republicans have raised them up as an example of what they say is a use of firearms in self-defense.
In a sign of their prominence in GOP circles, the McCloskeys spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention and were even supported by then-President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE, who said it was “disgraceful” that they were being charged.
Should McCloskey ultimately jump into the race to replace outgoing GOP Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMissouri Republicans eying Senate bids to hold fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring MORE, he would add another controversial contender in the Republican primary. The GOP is already grappling with the candidacy of former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace in 2018 over allegations he had an affair with his hairdresser and blackmailed and sexually assaulted her.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is also seeking the GOP nomination. Former state Sen. Scott Sifton and attorney Lucas Kunce are among those running for the Democrats.Tags eric greitens Mark McCloskey Patricia McCloskey Donald Trump Roy Blunt Black Lives Matter