Louisiana GOP censures Sen. Bill Cassidy over his guilty Trump impeachment vote
Louisiana's Republican Party executive committee unanimously voted Saturday to censure their own U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote to convict Donald Trump in the former president's impeachment trial.
Cassidy was one of seven Republicans to join all 50 Democrats to convict Trump, though the former president was acquitted because a conviction requires two-thirds vote.
"This couldn't wait," Republican Party executive committee Secretary Mike Bayham said after the censure vote in an interview with USA TODAY Network. "Many Republicans believe this was a betrayal and required immediate action."
The censure is largely symbolic and members of Congress aren't subject to recall by voters.
Cassidy won a second, six-year term Nov. 3 in a landslide primary win with 59%.
“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person," Cassidy said immediately after his vote to convict. "I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”
Trump was impeached by the U.S. House on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol.
Backlash over Cassidy's vote was immediate and fierce back home.
The Louisiana Republican Party issued the following immediately following Cassidy's vote:
"We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump. Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him."
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.