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Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci. (Photo: Bill Palatucci).

Palatucci votes against RNC resolution censuring Cheney; unclear how Hugin voted

Palatucci wanted GOP to commend ex-VP Pence ‘for standing up for the Constitution’

By David Wildstein, February 04 2022 10:09 pm

At least one of New Jersey’s three representatives on the Republican National Committee voted against a resolution censuring Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) for their involvement in an investigation of the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci was among a small group that voted against the censure, which passed on a voice vote.

“Terrible action by the RNC but too few of us in the room to object and stop it,” said National Palatucci.  “The Resolution we should have considered would commend Mike Pence for standing up for the Constitution and saving the Republic.”

Virginia Haines, the Republican National Committeewoman from New Jersey, was not present for the vote.  She was in Salt Lake City for the national party meetings but flew home before the censure resolution was considered.

It’s not immediately clear how GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin voted.  He left Salt Lake City after the censure resolution was adopted and his office has not responded to a question of whether he voted yes or no.

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.”

Hugin’s congressman, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), wants to know how the Republican State Chairman voted.

“I don’t expect Republican elected officials to respond to every crazy thing members of their party say,” Malinowski said.  “But when the party itself officially declares a mob attack on cops and the Capitol ‘legitimate political discourse,’ they’ve all got to own it, or take a stand against it.”

Cheney faces a tough primary challenge against a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump.  Kinzinger is not seeking re-election.

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