Utah Republicans vote to censure Senator Mitt Romney

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WEBER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The Weber County Republican Party votes in favor to censure Senator Mitt Romney, Saturday evening.

According to officials the vote to censure the Senator passes, 116 to 97.

Government leaders tell ABC4, that nearly 600 Weber County Republican delegates attended the Utah GOP convention, either in-person at HighMark Charter School or online.

In contrast, just last week, on May 1, a resolution to censure Senator Mitt Romney at the Utah GOP convention failed to pass by a slim margin.

In total, 798 delegates voted against the censure, while 711 voted in its favor.

There are now two counties that have voted in favor to censure US Sen. Mitt Romney; Washington County in April and Weber County Saturday.

“The good thing about Weber County is we can stay respectful and still voice our opinions which is exactly what we need in this Republican Party,” said Weber County GOP Chairman Jake Sawyer. “From the top down, we need to be able to voice our opinions agree with each other, and still come up with a solution at the end of the day.”

Sawyer said has an obligation to stay unbiased and do as the republican delegates wish.

He added the vote to censure was symbolic.

“From the ones who were for the censure they wanted to send a clear message that they are not okay with Senator Romney’s voting record and the way he has kind of represented part of Utah,” said Sawyer.

On the other hand, he said many other Republicans had a differing viewpoint.

“The other side of the Republican Party says they do not want to censure him,” said Sawyer. “They appreciate him voting his conscience and they appreciate him standing up for what he believes in and there is a small group of people who say they do not want to waste their time babysitting a sitting US Senator.”

The full resolution can be found here.

Bob McEntee, one of the sponsors of the resolution shares the following:

“We want him to be an effective senator, but we also want to send him a message that we did not appreciate you representing Utah by voting to convict our president, possibly losing us the White House, and possibly contributing to the loss of the senate.”

So what does this mean? Well, according to the U.S. Senate, a censure is less severe than an expulsion, sometimes being referred to as a condemnation or denouncement, and does not remove the senator from office.

“It is a formal statement of disapproval, however, that can have a powerful psychologial effect on a member and his/her relationship in the Senate. In 1834, the Senate censured President Andrew Jackson — the first and only time the Senate censured a president. Since 1789 the Senate has censured nine of its members.”

As the Senate explains, the power to censure is not a power provided by the Constitution. Instead, the House and Senate have adopted internal rules allowing them to draft and approve censure resolutions that can be adopted by either chamber of Congress.

Any member of Congress, including the President, federal judges, and other government leaders are capable of being censured.

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