Once again Republican state legislators are going after their own.
In an emergency vote Monday night, North Carolina’s Republican Party voted unanimously to censure U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, citing his vote in support of impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump. The vote was by the party’s central committee, which consists of 30 of the party’s top officials.
“We felt it was important for the party to make a statement that we disagree with the vote,” said North Carolina G.O.P Chair Michael Whatley in a statement to Bangor Daily News. “The overwhelming sentiment was disapproval of the senator’s vote.”
Burr, who was one of seven Republican senators to vote guilty in Trump’s impeachment for inciting an insurrection related to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, faces the censure vote at a time when state Republican party’s across the country are condemning congressional members of their own party for voting in support of impeachment.
Following Monday night’s vote, Burr called it a “truly sad day” for state Republicans.
“My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation,” he said in a statement.