UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a statement from U. S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.
ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI — Republicans in Allegan County have censured one of their colleagues for voting to impeach former President Donald J. Trump following his supporters’ storming of the U. S. Capitol.
During the Allegan County Republican Convention, members on Jan. 21 voted to “censure and condemn” U. S. Rep Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, for his Jan. 13 vote to impeach Trump in a unanimous voice vote, according to a Friday, Jan. 22 news release.
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The delegation stated Upton “ignored the voice of his voters in Allegan County” by voting for Trump’s impeachment. The delegation claimed “incomplete evidence, little debate, and the absence of due process” led to its condemnation of Upton.
“The unanimous voice vote was confirmed during a meeting of the Executive Committee immediately following the convention by another unanimous voice vote,” the group said. “The AGOP Issues Committee is charged with making recommendations for further action.”
Allegan County one of the more conservative counties in Michigan’s 6th District in southwest Michigan. Upton has represented the district in Congress since 1987.
Upton has issued the following statement in response to the censure vote:
“I always said I’d support President Trump when I agreed with him and disagree when I thought he was wrong. Congress should not tolerate any effort to impede the peaceful transfer of power. I’ve gone to bat for southwest Michigan every day I’ve been in Congress, bringing jobs, economic growth, and opportunities to our region of the state. And that is exactly what I’m going to keep doing.”