Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has been censured by her third county GOP group as of Tuesday evening, according to Breitbart News.
The Republican is under fire for having voted to convict former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial following the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots.
The chairwoman of the Kennebec County Republican Committee Kennebec County, Maine Republicans spoke on the move, saying that the vote is “important in re-engaging local voters who, by and large, are very hurt and frustrated with Senator Collins for not supporting even moderate Republican positions,” according to News Center Maine.
While Kennebec is one of three counties that has voted to censure the Republican, Collins hasn’t been deserted by every Republican in the state, by far. The state Republican Party declined to censure Collins in Maine, which at the time the senator attributed to the party’s “big tent” philosophy that “respects different views but unites around core principles.”
MGRC Chair John DeVeau, however, shot that down when he told Breitbart News in May, “While we may have a ‘big tent’ philosophy, communications are non-existent.”
“The distrust among the ‘Grand Ole Party’ and Republicans is as obvious in Maine as it is nationally,” he continued. “It takes leadership to accept the fact that there are new ideas that need to be implemented and empower those to make things happen. Leadership is a 24-hour-a-day job, not a part-time side hustle. It’s tiresome and taxing, which is also why most great leaders want to move on after a few years and pass the mantle on to someone they have trained throughout their tenure.”
Collins, however, has a pretty solid reason for her centric ways, saying during a February interview that “I am the sole remaining Republican officeholder at the federal level in all of New England … and that tells me that we should focus on growing our party.”
However not everyone felt the Republican had a good reason for her vote and Collins’ home county GOP stated in March when they voted to censure her, her decision to vote to convict Trump was “a purely self-serving, vindictive and punitive action by those with establishment political objectives.”