SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Republicans booed Sen. Mitt Romney but ultimately rejected a motion to censure him Saturday for his votes at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trials.
The measure narrowly failed, 798 to 711, in a vote by delegates to the state GOP convention, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Romney drew heavy boos when he came to the podium earlier in the day.
Davis County delegate Don Guymon, who authored the resolution, said Romney’s votes to remove Trump from office "hurt the Constitution and hurt the party."
"This was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump," Guymon said. "Romney’s vote in the first impeachment emboldened Democrats who continued to harass Trump."
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) departs Senate Republican policy luncheons at the Russell Senate Office Building on April 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
The proposal, among several platform changes debated Saturday, also sought to praise the other members of Utah’s congressional delegation for their support of the former president.
Others warned supporting the censure risked defining the party around Trump instead of the conservative principles most delegates treasure.
"If the point of all this is to let Mitt Romney know we’re displeased with him, trust me, he knows," said Salt Lake County delegate Emily de Azavedo Brown. "Let’s not turn this into a Trump or no Trump thing. Are we a party of principle or a party of a person?"