UPDATED 6:35 PM PT – Saturday, June 26, 2021
Yet another Maine County GOP group has voted to censure Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) over her vote in President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. This week, the Kennebec County GOP voted to reprimand the Republican senator over the impeachment vote to convict the 45th president back in January.
“I think that we need to send a message that you can be a good Republican and not necessarily agree with every position taken by the party. We need to get back to focusing on the principles that unite Republicans: so individual responsibility and freedom and strong national defense smaller government support for our small businesses, opportunity, those are guiding principles of our party,” Collins formerly said. “And I think that’s where the focus needs to be rather than on one particular leader.”
More than five months after after her impeachment vote, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has been rebuked by members of her own party in Kennebec County, home to the state capital. https://t.co/dVnAdtT9ep
— Patrick Whittle (@pxwhittle) June 25, 2021
This comes after the senator’s home county, Aroostook, notably censured her in March. They argued her vote to convict Trump was “a purely self-serving, vindictive and punitive action by those with establishment political objectives.”
The state GOP has stood by Collins despite three different counties now formally censuring her. Collins was one of seven Senate Republicans to vote to convict Trump during the second impeachment.