New Jersey GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin says he opposed a resolution censuring Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) for their participation in the House probe of the events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol.
“As a Ronald Reagan Republican who believes in his 11th Commandment, I believe we should be laser focused on beating Democrats and holding Joe Biden accountable, and so I voted against the resolution,” said Hugin. “That being said, while I believe those who broke the law on January 6th should be held accountable, the Commission set up by Pelosi does no such thing because it is being weaponized as a partisan, political tool and a sham attempt to distract from the many abysmal failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats.”
He argued against the censure resolution during a private meeting with other Republican state chairs from the northeast prior to the vote. Hugin and Bill Palatucci, the Republican National Committeeman from New Jersey, where among a small group of party leaders who objected to the measure. It passed overwhelmingly on a voice vote.
Hugin said that the bigger problem for the nation is a continued Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We need to address this problem at its real source which means firing Nancy Pelosi by electing more New Jersey Republicans to Congress,” he said.
The censure vote came as the Republican National Committee said the attack on the Capitol and the events that led to it were “legitimate political discourse and that the two GOP House members “engaged in actions in their positions as members of the January 6th Select Committee not befitting Republican Members of Congress.”
The resolution accused Cheney and Kinzinger of “participating in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse, and they are both utilizing their past professed political affiliation to mask Democrat abuse of prosecutorial power for partisan purposes.”
Republican National Committeewoman Virginia Haines was in Salt Lake city for the RNC meeting, but left prior to the vote.