After the Capitol riots on January 6, the aftermath from the House Republican vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump is now in full force following the results of late Monday night midterm elections in California. ing.
Republican David Baradao defeated Rudy Salas in the Central Valley district, where Democrats held a staggering 17-point voter registration advantage. In the next Congress, which begins in January, Republicans will have at least 219 seats and Democrats will have at least 212 seats.
In the first Trump impeachment against a powerful armed Ukraine over military aid, House Republicans did not vote for impeachment.
But Valadao was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Capitol riots in early 2021.
Baradao supported Trump’s re-election in 2020, but said he was the driving force behind the riots.
Mr. Baradao said Mr. Trump’s “evocative rhetoric is un-American, abominable and a fully impeachable crime.”
Of all the representatives opposing Trump, Baradao probably received the least backlash from the former president. A dairy farmer and the son of Portuguese immigrants, he had the support of the State Party and Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represented the nearby California district. McCarthy is believed to be close to Trump, who was not actually publicly involved in the election.
Meanwhile, Dan Newhouse is back to represent Washington’s 4th District even after voting for impeachment.
In a statement on the January 2021 impeachment vote, Newhouse said, “He neither strongly condemned the attack nor asked for reinforcements when our officers were overwhelmed.” was needed, but President Trump failed to take the oath of office.”
Newhouse has several advantages, having served four terms in districts where voters haven’t supported a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964 or a Democratic congressman since 1992. National Rifle Association and Susan B. Anthony List, leading organizations for abortion prevention.
Newhouse won more than 35,000 votes in the district’s bipartisan primary, while three other Republicans, led by Trump-backed Lauren Culp, drew 60,000 votes among them. Newhouse may not have been so lucky if the Republican vote had been consolidated under one or two Republican candidates.
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The Newhouse family operates an 850-acre farm in the area, growing hops for local breweries and grapes for local wineries.
Cornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute at Washington State University, told the Associated Press in August: “And Culp [a former police officer] I don’t. “
“Thank you, Donald Trump.”
Peter Meyer was denounced by Trump after the impeachment vote. Meyer did not back down, even though he lost his August primary to Republican John Gibbs in the Michigan area.
“I’d rather lose my character and lose my job than pay the price of my soul and keep getting re-elected,” Meyer told an interviewer at the time.
Unfortunately for Republicans, Gibbs was easily defeated by Democrat Hillary Shelten in the 3rd District interim results earlier this month, prompting headlines for the conservative National Review.
A similar scenario played out in Washington’s Third District, where Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler qualified for the November midterm elections by just 67 votes. She was cornered earlier this month by Republican Joe Kent, who lost to Democrat Marie Glusenkamp in the midterm elections.
Throwing out Meijer and Herrera Beutler could have reduced the Republican margin in the House by two seats.
Cowardly or brave?
Tom Rice stuck his head out and voted for impeachment on behalf of South Carolina’s 7th congressional district, which was probably the district with the highest Republican support among the 10 constituencies.
Rice argued that by voting to impeach Trump, he was upholding conservative values.
“Upholding the Constitution is the foundation of the Republican platform and that’s what I did. It was a conservative vote,” he told ABC News in June.
Rice was branded by Trump as a “coward who abandoned voters in favor of Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left” and was subsequently impeached by Russell Fry in the Republican primary. Fry easily beat his Democratic opponent this month.
Committee members on January 6
Within days of the impeachment vote, John Catko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois announced they would not be running again, and Fred Upton of Michigan announced that the state would After readjusting the constituencies, I ended up doing the same thing.
Kinzinger and Liz Cheney would rack up impeachment votes by agreeing to join a House Select Committee set up to investigate the events surrounding the January 6 attacks.
Cheney, however, paid a heavy price in Wyoming’s Republican primary, losing to Harriet Hegeman. Hegemann, a Trump supporter, won the midterm elections.
It’s unclear exactly what Kinzinger and Cheney will do after this session of Congress ends, but Cheney has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to keep Trump from becoming president again.
In summary, four Republicans chose to retire, four lost primary elections earlier this year, and two remain in Congress despite denouncing Trump. As a party, Republicans still hold seven of her nine seats in the same district. Longtime Democrat Rep. Debbie Dingell won a newly reconstituted district that Upton could possibly have contested.
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In 2021, Utah’s Mitt Romney became the first senator to vote to convict the president of his party. Romney believed Trump should be found guilty of abuse of power in Ukraine.
Romney, along with Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, then voted Trump incited the riots in the Senate impeachment trial over the Capitol riots. Since the Senator will serve his six-year term in Congress instead of his two-year term, these three of him won’t face voters until 2026, even if they choose to run again.
Republicans Richard Burr, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey each chose to retire after voting for impeachment.
Toomey’s resignation boosted support for a key Democratic Party in Pennsylvania this month (John Fetterman), and Alaska election officials confirmed Wednesday that Republican incumbent Lisa Markowski voted for impeachment. It is expected to be. .