Some Republican party members in Utah are calling for the censure of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) over his vote in favor of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the only Republican to do so.
Others are far more supportive of the controversial impeachment vote that they say reflected Romney's firm dedication to his principles.
A draft resolution calling on Romney to support the president's agenda or vacate his seat will be considered at the Republican Party state central committee meeting on February 29.
The resolution was touted by Utah GOP State Central Committee member Brandon Beckham on his Twitter account.
I have officially submitted a resolution for the Utah GOP State Central Committee to formally censure Senator… https://t.co/DqpOfZYYa8— Brandon Beckham (@Brandon Beckham)1581128702.0
The motion, if approved by the Utah Republican Party, includes a statement expressing "severe disapproval" for Romney's impeachment vote.
"A lot of us feel that it's sort of an embarrassment to our party," Beckham said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Beckham notes that the Utah GOP passed a previous resolution to express full support of the president and to call on all Republicans to defend him.
Romney met with party leaders but would not comment to reporters about what they said. He did recognize that he would be facing criticism over his vote.
"No question the consequence will be enormous," Romney said. "The consequence of violating my conscience and my oath of office to God would be even greater."
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican, said he did not support a censure vote against Romney.
"I think that would be just a mistake to go down that road," said Herbert.
Immediately after Romney's vote, some on social media called for him to be recalled, but Utah has no recall provision to force its senators to step down.
The president on Monday mocked Romney in a meeting with state governors, saying, "How's that Mitt Romney? You keep him, we don't want him!"