A bunch of about 25 conservative Maine Republicans, together with six county chairmen and state committee members, have damaged from the state Republican Party to kind a brand new grassroots caucus.
An announcement concerning the newly fashioned caucus got here simply someday after the state Republican Party voted to reject censuring Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) for her vote to question former President Donald Trump.
“The Maine Republican Party is not listening to the voices of disenfranchised Republicans that are trying to hold their elected officials accountable,” mentioned Caucus Chair John DeVeau Sunday.
DeVeau dismissed considerations the grassroots caucus, described in a press launch as a “kind of Maine-based version of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus,” would possibly splinter the GOP in Maine.
“We didn’t create all these grassroots organizations that are furious with the state over the emergency lockdown restrictions still in place over a year since the COVID-19 health crisis began,” the previous Caribou lawmaker, and present Aroostook County Republican Chair, mentioned in an announcement.
“We didn’t create the division, we’re actually trying to unify the Republican Party by giving the disenfranchised a voice at the statewide level and to restore the Constitutional balance of powers,” he added.
In the wake of the state Republican Party’s 41-19 vote Saturday to reject censuring Collins, Fox News reported Collins said, “Today’s decision is a testament to the Republican Party’s ‘big tent’ philosophy that respects different views but unites around core principles.”
But, based on NEWS CENTER Maine, DeVeau said Collins “went against her constituents” when she voted to question the previous president.
“We decided we were going to do something about it,” he mentioned.
Republicans in Aroostook County, Collins’ dwelling county, handed the senator a censure vote for her choice to vote to question Trump.
The censure decision, signed by 19 members, states:
Senator Collins’ public statements in assist of the language, actions and promotion of an unlawful, unethical, unconstitutional “impeachment” of former President Donald J. Trump, undermines the conservative and moral values promoted by the Aroostook County Republicans and the Maine Republican Party and as demonstrated, is a purely self-serving, vindictive and punitive motion by these with institution political goals.
The Aroostook County GOP mentioned in an announcement:
Collins confronted down the backlash amongst Maine Republicans over her sure vote by saying the proof was “very strong” that Trump incited an rebellion on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Maine Republican Party issued a letter to Collins a month later condemning her vote “in the strongest possible terms,” however it got here solely within the wake of widespread calls for by Maine Republicans for the state celebration to take motion.
Jason Savage, Maine GOP govt director, advised NEWS CENTER Maine “it’s an internal matter,” and it’s time to transfer on from the vote.
“Leadership of the party believes it’s settled in time to move forward with the 2022 elections in mind,” he mentioned.
Collins spokesperson Annie Clark additionally told NEWS CENTER Maine in response to the formation of the brand new grassroots caucus the senator is “gratified by the support she continues to receive from the Maine Republican Party, which overwhelmingly rejected a censure motion by a 19-41 vote on Saturday.”
“She also appreciated the strong grassroots support she had all over the State as is indicated by the fact that she carried 85 percent of Maine’s communities in last fall’s election,” Clark added.
The grassroots group’s first official occasion will probably be in assist of a Tax Day Rally by Maine Taxpayers United on Saturday, April 17, on the Capitol in Augusta.
The caucus additionally plans to work with conservative Maine lawmakers on varied payments and different initiatives. Additionally, the caucus will coordinate with grassroots teams on social media, helping city, metropolis, and county committees find, coaching, and fundraising for candidates to run in 2022.
“We’re interested in trying to fix state issues because that’s what’s most important,” DeVeau mentioned.
Breitbart News reached out for remark to Collins’ workplace and is awaiting a response.