SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - Sen. Mitt Romney may be clear of blowback at the state Legislature over his vote to convict President Donald Trump, but the Utah Republican Party has pending resolutions on Romney: one that expresses support for Trump’s acquittal, another that supports legislation to recall a U.S Senator and a third that calls for Romney to “immediately resign” from office.
“We want to express our disapproval of that vote,” said Brandon Beckham, GOP activist, business owner and author of the pro-acquittal resolution.
A lot of the people in the party, the Republican Party, as well as people across the state, felt like Sen. Romney misrepresented our support for the president.
Beckham earlier proposed the party censure Romney, and said he received “vile” online attacks for it, sharing a mashup of social media posts in which he was told to “f---off,” and go “f---yourself.” He said people threatened to boycott his business.
“I went through 48 hours of hell,” Beckham said. “I’ll just put it that way.”
Now, Beckham is seeking to put the GOP on record, saying it “strongly disagrees with the vote cast,” and urging “all Utah elected Republicans to work with President Trump to implement the conservative policies of the America First agenda that are helping our country succeed.”
In the meantime, Steven Clark, chair of the Sanpete County GOP, has drafted the Romney resolution urging him to immediately step down.
“I feel like Mitt Romney has betrayed the party, betrayed the voters,” Clark said in a 2News phone video interview, adding he believes Romney holds “personal animus” toward the president.
I think he’s had a vendetta against Trump from the beginning. I think his actions have done significant damage to the party.
Clark thinks he has support inside the GOP for the resolution---which perhaps obviously---would not be binding on Romney.
Finally, the resolution to support a Utah bill to recall U.S. Senators does not mention Romney by name, but “a senator failing in his duty that has grieved their constituents.”
Romney’s office did not comment on the resolutions Sunday night, and a 2News text message to the state GOP chair Sunday evening did not generate a reply.
Still, a person close to Sen. Romney said, “It’s a sad day when voting your conscience gets you a reprimand from your own party.”
The Utah Republican State Central Committee may vote on the resolutions at its next meeting on Feb. 29.