Michigan County GOP censors Fred Upton for voting to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees
Representative Fred Upton was censored by the Cass County Republican Party in his home state of Michigan for his vote to remove Georgian MP Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee duties.
Upton announced the censorship in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday night. He wrote that their resolution stated that his “comments were not at odds with someone else’s comments.”
“Truly?” he wrote.
In 2018 and 2019, ahead of his campaign and his election to Congress, Greene liked and posted content on social media supporting the conspiracy theory known as QAnon, a broad movement that believes former President Donald Trump s ‘strives to expose an elite cabal of child sex abusers. In one post, Greene liked a comment saying “a bullet to the head would be faster” to impeach House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Others promoted conspiracies that mass school shootings were organized events.
“Does the GOP Cass really think someone like that represents Republican values and should sit on the education committee? I have served on that committee and met with survivors of the Columbine School shooting. .. I have since met Parkland School shooting survivors and Sandy Hook and heard all of their personal stories. She should not be on the education committee, and Congress was right to remove her, period, ”Upton tweeted.
The vote to censor Upton was 17 to 3, with one abstention. Cass County Republican Party Chairman Mark Howie responded to Upton’s tweets in an emailed statement to News week.
“My response to the congressman’s tweet is that he must not understand censorship. It makes it clear that his actions are inconsistent, he does not vote to remove other people from their committees when they make highly controversial comments. while in Congress, but he votes to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from his committees for comments made before she was elected to Congress, ”Howie said.
He added: “Fred Upton continued to ignore our voices, we will be heard.”
Last month, after other past social media activities by Greene came to light, House Democrats decided to remove Georgia’s representative from her post on education and budget committees, after Republican leaders refused to take action against it.
Before the vote to strip her of her committee seats, Greene made a final appeal to her colleagues in her first House speech. Greene split from QAnon, saying she stopped “believing it” in late 2018 and had never used the word during her campaign last year or during her time in Congress until now.
“These were words from the past, and these things don’t represent me,” Greene said. “They don’t represent my neighborhood, and they don’t represent my values.”
Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in the final vote to strip her of office on Thursday, including Upton.
The resolution to censor Upton, which was shared by the congressman’s office with News week, read: “We believe Congressman Upton’s vote is a betrayal of his oath and core values of the Cass County Republican Party. We believe this vote was not cast in accordance with the votes of voters in the Cass County and against our interests. “
Updated at 11:16 a.m. ET, to include comments from Cass County GOP Chairman Mark Howie.