The central committee of the Ohio Republican Party voted Friday to censure Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez and called on him to resign over his vote for impeaching the former president.
Gonzalez, R-Ohio, was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach then-President Trump — the latest congressional member who voted to impeach or convict the former president to be censured at home.
“This resolution addresses an unconstitutional, politically motivated process that served no purpose,” Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik said in a statement. “Republicans and Democratic members alike have the right to vote in any way they so choose. This committee also has a right to stand on principle and conviction.”
It was expected that the central committee would vote to censure Gonzalez on Friday, but not that it would go so far as to call for his resignation, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, talks during an interview about the annual NFLPA Externship program in Washington on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The Ohio Republican Party on Friday called on Gonzalez to resign. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) (Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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“We believe that Congressman Gonzalez knowingly and willfully violated his oath of office,” the resolution calling on the congressman to resign read.
“The decision to side with Democrats on their sustained appetite for impeachment, regardless of motive, severed the confidence of The Republican State Central And Executive Committee of Ohio membership, and therefore, we conclude that Congressman Gonzales does not represent the will of his constituents,” it continued. “[T]hus we call upon him, in the strongest terms, TO RESIGN his
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