(CNN)The Ohio Republican Party Central Committee voted on Friday to both censure and call for the resignation of Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one of their own members of Congress, for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year, according to a member of the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee and a spokeswoman for the state party.
Ohio has trended toward Republicans in recent years, with Trump winning the state handily in both in 2016 and 2020. But the vote to call for Gonzalez’s resignation highlights just how tied to Trump many Ohio Republicans have become, a significant shift for the once more moderate state party.
The central committee also censured the nine other House Republicans from other states who voted to impeach Trump, said Shannon Burns, a member of the central committee and an outspoken Gonzalez critic.
Ohio Republicans had planned to vote on censuring Gonzalez and the other House Republicans on Friday, but a resolution to call for Gonzalez’s resignation was first introduced during the meeting, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Republican Party told CNN, and was then passed by the central committee.
The resignation call is a blow
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