As some Republicans push to censure Utah Sen. Mitt Romney for voting again to impeach Donald Trump, a left-wing group is launching a campaign aimed at ousting Senator Mike Lee for his vote to acquit the former president.
“Today we are launching a campaign against him: Humans against Mike Lee,” wrote Kathryn Calderon, political director of The Alliance for a Better Utah in an email announcing the campaign.
“If you watched any of the impeachment trials in the past week, or if you’ve been listening to the news for the past 10 years, you know Senator Mike Lee is the worst,” he said. “He’s an extremist who enjoys debating semantics and choosing cultural struggles over doing things to help Utahns.”
The group launched a website, HumansAgainstMikeLee.com, with the goal of collecting stories about why Lee should be abandoned in two years, seeking volunteers, and raising money. Among their suggestions: “Donate now. It’s therapeutic. “
Meanwhile, over the weekend, some Utah Republicans began circulating a possible censure for Romney saying that his second vote to impeach politicians shows that he did not “represent the average conservative Republican Utah voter” and that he “misrepresented himself. as a Republican “when he ran for office.
That motion of no confidence concludes by saying that Romney used his “senatorial power and influence to undermine” Trump and asserts that “Romney appears to be an agent of the Deep State establishment.”
Top Utah Republican Party leaders said they are not behind the censorship effort. Instead, the party released a statement Monday noting that both Romney and Lee have faced criticism for their impeachment votes.
“The differences among our own Utah Republicans show a diversity of thought, in contrast to the danger of a party obsessed with ‘unanimity of thought.’ There is power in our differences as a political party, and we expect each senator to explain their votes to the people of Utah, ”the Republican Party statement said.
Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Merchant fired at Utah Republicans on Tuesday, tweeting: “I think I’m confused why @UtahGOP
would censor @SenatorRomney
for not representing the “average conservative Utah voter,” but not @SenMikeLee
for not representing the average healthy human voter. “
Last year, after Trump’s first impeachment trial, when Romney was the only Republican to vote to impeach Trump, the Utah Republican Party Central Committee considered various proposals to punish Romney. Instead, the group passed a watered-down resolution praising Trump.
Additionally, State Representative Phil Lyman, R-Blanding, also introduced a resolution in the Legislature to censure Romney, but it never moved forward. It was also superseded by a resolution praising Trump. Before Trump left office, he pardoned Lyman on his federal conviction on charges of leading an illegal ATV protest on federal land.