Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney decided it was wise to vote against President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial and now he is paying the price.
It was Friday when Sen. Romney joined Maine Sen. Susan Collins as the only Republicans to vote to hear from new witnesses in the president’s trial.
Even Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who has been a thorn in the president’s side and who voted against confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, voted against new witnesses.
But Romney made conservatives furious by teaming with the Democrats and now Republicans in his state are taking action.
The website RecallRomneyNow.com was updated after the senator voted against the president and the effort to get him out of office in his state is taking on a new urgency.
The effort is led by Utah businessman Arturo del Toro, who has a charity that donates medical equipment to the poor.
“As a naturalized United States citizen, Arturo has a great love for this country and an admiration for the Constitution of the United States and for the freedoms and protections it offers. Arturo currently resides in St. George, Utah and is the father of six children,” his biography on the website said.
It is not currently possible in Utah to recall a senator after he or she has been elected, and the group wants to change that.
“Our mission is to change Utah law making it possible for voters to remove senators from office,” it said in its FAQ section.
“Once a U.S. senator is elected in Utah, there is no law that allows the them to be recalled if the officials are not voting in accordance with their election promises. The Voter Accountability Act will provide the people of Utah with the power to change that. The Utah people will no longer have to ‘wait out’ the term of a U.S. senator,” it said.
It is ridiculous that voters do not have a chance to remove a senator that they no longer believe represents them.
It would be something to see if Romney would survive a vote in Utah after he voted against the president and one wonders if he would have made the same vote if he knew he could face such action.
““Since your election, you have gone out of your way to take personal and political jabs at the President of the United States,” the group said.
“During your 2012 presidential campaign, you sent a fundraising letter to U.S. voters stating three things you would do if elected president. In the letter you said, “We need a president who understands the economy; we need a president who knows how jobs are created; and we need a president who will focus on fixing the economy from day one. I am running for President of the United States to turn our economy around,” it said.
“There seem to be no difference between promises you were making then and the current goals and achievements of President Trump. It is evident that you have a personal vendetta with President Trump and not a policy disagreement. You have adopted a stance of rooting for President Trump to fail. We the people of Utah did not elect you to be another John McCain nor become the replacement for former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.
“Perhaps you would be well-advised to do the honorable thing and meet with the President to work out whatever personal feelings you have toward him, leaving your discussion behind closed doors. Attacking the occupying President does not elevate you in a any way, but has quite the opposite effect. You’re doing a great disservice to the voters of Utah and our country deserves better.
“Perhaps you might consider that you are being used by the propaganda leftist machine. You have abandoned Utah conservative values and seem to align closer to Massachusetts values,” it said.
If Romney believed he would have to face his voters immediately after making his decision would he have had the courage to break with Republicans?
The people of Utah, who he is supposed to represent, have a right to know.