(NewsReady.com) – Most Republicans still see former President Donald Trump as the undisputed leader of the GOP. For the minority who disagree, and worked with the Democrats in an attempt to remove him from office early, it looks like the consequences of their disloyalty will be faced soon.
Great roundup from @TylerOlson1791:
"Nine of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol are already facing primary challenges."https://t.co/aInYwKEoVZ
— Evie Solheim (@eviefordham) June 14, 2021
Ten Republican lawmakers joined the Democrats’ partisan impeachment process in January. Now, nine of them are facing primary challenges – and some of them are unlikely to survive. Here are the 10:
- Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) – Already deposed as chair of the House Republican Conference, at least eight challengers are lining up to take Cheney’s seat.
- Representative Tom Rice (R-SC) – A former mayor and a state representative are jockeying for position in the race to get rid of Rice. So is political influencer Graham Allen, who has warned that “Tom Rice forgot his place” in ignoring the views of his electorate.
- Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) – At least four Trump loyalists are challenging Beutler, including former Green Beret Joe Kent. Kent, whose wife was killed in Syria in 2019, has highlighted Trump’s role in getting the US out of foreign wars.
- Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – Kinzinger has deliberately set himself up as Cheney’s ally in an attempt to cash in on RINO donations. It’s worked; he’s earned $2.2 million from anti-Trump donors. Now, he’s facing a strong challenge from former Trump staffer Catalina Lauf.
- Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) – Loyal Republicans in Newhouse’s district have been urging him to quit since his impeachment vote. He hasn’t. Now, at least three candidates are planning to push him out.
- Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) – Former Trump aide Max Miller, who has Trump’s personal endorsement, is running a well-funded campaign to unseat Gonzalez. He says people like Gonzalez “need to see the door and have an exit.”
- Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) – Upton was censured by his district GOP after the impeachment vote. Now, five challengers plan to make the reprimand a little more concrete.
- Representative Peter Meijer (R-MI) – Meijer only took office last year, and was backed by leading Republicans – then, he turned around and voted to impeach. Biting the hand that fed him has inspired at least three challengers.
- Representative David Valadao (R-CA) – Former Fresno councilor Chris Mathys is determined to knock Valadao out in the primary – and he has a good chance of doing it.
- Representative John Katko (R-NY) – So far nobody’s announced a challenge to Katko; has he managed to worm his way back into favor, or will justice catch up with him too?
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