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Republicans who have decided to stand against Donald Trump, the de facto head of the party, have not had a simple road in recent times, just ask Rep. Liz Cheney.
On Friday, the Ohio Republican Party voted to censure the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, but they also held a special vote to call for the resignation of Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The Ohio Republican Party’s leaders called on Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, a stunning rebuke of one of their own.
On Friday, the party’s governing board called on Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, to resign in a divided vote. They also voted to censure Gonzalez and nine other members of Congress for “their votes to support the unconstitutional, politically motivated impeachment proceeding against President Donald J. Trump,” according to the resolution.
Gonzalez was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead. He is the third to be censured for the vote by his state party, following Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice.
“From day one, I have strongly supported efforts to censure and expel traitor Congressmen like Anthony Gonzalez who voted to impeach President Trump,” former state treasurer Josh Mandel said.
“Gonzalez resorted to emotional conclusions that misplaced blame on President Trump, the President of Law and Order and America First,” the resolution for him resign read. “We believe that Congressman Gonzalez knowingly and willfully violated his oath of office.”
State Sen. Rob Portman said he disagreed with Rep. Gonzalez’s votes to impeach Trump but he disagreed with the call for him to resign.
“While I disagreed with his votes on impeachment, Anthony is a friend and a dedicated public servant,” he said. “We Republicans should be focused on uniting in opposition to the Biden Administration’s trillions in proposed new spending programs and job-killing tax increases.”
The State Democrat Party seized on the vote to say that the Republican Party is dysfunctional.
Party spokesman Matt Keyes said that the votes are “a small glimpse of the dysfunction and division” in the Republican Party.
“While GOP politicians are busy attacking one another to score cheap political points, Ohio Democrats are focused on listening to voters and fighting for their priorities,” he said.
Like Portman, committee member Mary O’Toole did not support the vote against Rep. Gonzalez.
“We’re supposed to support all Republican candidates when they run for office and we could end up in a situation where we did this to Rep. Gonzalez, and maybe it’s deserved but where do we stand after that?” she said. “When do we start picking and choosing?”
The representative became another in a long and growing line of Republicans being chastised by the party for going against Trump.
House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy is very concerned about Rep. Liz Cheney’s ability to continue in her role in House GOP leadership.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday he told Steve Doocey that he is concerned about Cheney’s ability to “carry out the message” of the Republican Party.
“There’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message,” he said.
“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned. And that’s about the message about going forward,” he said.
McCarthy said that Republicans in the House are more concerned with “what’s our best step forward that we could all work together instead of attacking one another.”
A spokesperson for Rep. Cheney continued her nonstop obsession with the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 in a statement to the press on McCarthy’s interview.
“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue,” spokesperson Jeremy Adler said to The Hill.