Douglas County GOP to Vote on Sasse Censure Tuesday Night

Feb. 22, 2021, 8:04 p.m. ·

Senator Ben Sasse. (Photo courtesy of Senator Sasse)

Members of the Douglas County Republican Party’s Central Committee will vote Tuesday night on a resolution to censure Senator Ben Sasse for his criticism and vote to convict former President Trump in an impeachment trial earlier this month. Douglas County GOP Chair Christian Mirch contends many conservative Nebraskans aren’t happy with Sasse.

“A number of constituents, really across the state of Nebraska, have expressed some displeasure with Senator Sasse and his comments, particularly pertaining to President Trump and so there is a lot of emotion on both sides of this,” Mirch said.

Mirch wouldn’t indicate which way he’ll vote Tuesday on the censure resolution and said the Central Committee hasn’t had a chance to discuss it yet. Last week, Sasse released a video in which he defended himself against members of the Nebraska GOP.

“The anger in the state party has never been about me violating conservative policy. I’m one of the most conservative voters in the Senate,” Sasse said in the video. “The anger has always been simply about me not bending the knee to one guy.”

The 118-member committee will meet in-person at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Omaha. A censure would have no binding effect on Sasse and would simply be an indication of the organization’s displeasure with him.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to put Senator Sasse's comments in proper context.