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Utah Republicans vote to censure Mitt Romney



UTAH – Last week, Sen. Mitt Romney was booed and heckled in an appearance before the 2021 Organizing Convention of the Utah Republican Party. The large and vocal audience was vexed at Mr. Romney over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year. A resolution to formally censure the lawmaker for his actions was voted down — but not by much.

Folks who belong to the Weber County GOP, however, had no reservations on the matter.

Republicans in the county, Utah’s fourth most populous, voted to censure Mr. Romney on Saturday, by a vote of 116-97. Their strongly worded resolution said the impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump did not follow the Constitution and were unjust and unethical. The organization posted the censure to its website and to social media, and of course shared the news with local and national media.

The Weber County GOP is not alone in its dismay. Washington County Republicans in the southern corner of Utah also voted to censure Mr. Romney for his votes against Mr. Trump.

At least one analyst, however, says the lawmaker is not damaged politically, citing Mr. Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.“When you lose a presidential race, you don’t care what people think about you. So he is unleashed,” said Mary Ann Marsh, a Democratic political analyst, during an appearance Sunday with WCVB, an ABC affiliate in Massachusetts, where Mr. Romney was once governor.