Republican Rep. Peter Mayer said he has no regrets about voting to impeach former President Donald Trump just days after he lost his re-nomination in Michigan’s congressional primary.
“I’d rather step down with my character intact than continue at the expense of my soul,” Mr Major said on the Sirius XM program Julie Mason Morning.
Mr. Meijer was one of only 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for sedition after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. On January 13 last year, a week after the unrest, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for a second time, but the U.S. Senate acquitted him a few weeks later.
In the months since, Mr. Trump has made it one of his political goals to end the careers of Republicans in Congress who broke votes for his ouster. In some games, like Tuesday night’s two games at Washington State, he didn’t make it.
In other countries, such as Mr. Major, voters have already granted the former president’s wishes. Mr Meijer, who was first elected to Congress to represent a district centred on Grand Rapids in western Michigan in 2020, faced a challenge from far-right former Trump administration official John Gibbs.
In addition to Mr. Trump’s endorsement, Mr. Gibbs was assisted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which bought ads in the final days of the campaign to boost his profile as he believed he would become Bimeiji Mr. Weaker general election candidate.
In the end, the DCCC narrowly got what it wanted: Mr. Gibbs beat Mr. Meijer by less than 4,000 votes. Mr Gibbs will now face Democratic nominee Hilary Scholten in a general election matchup, with the Cook Political Report seeing Ms Scholten as a small favourite to win.
Mr. Mayer’s political career is now over. On Sirius XM, he praised some of his Republican colleagues for their willingness to sacrifice their political wealth to do the right thing.
“It’s certainly a chaotic time, and I see the importance of leadership and people who are willing to say it’s wrong, but also the heavy political cost that comes with it,” Mr Major said. “I’m proud of some of my colleagues who are willing to fight for their swords rather than finding ways to excuse or rationalize what is unacceptable or ignore the obvious problems before us. “
Still, Mr Meijer’s commitment to his principles may only go so far. On Wednesday, after his primary defeat, Mr. Major introduced and congratulated Mr. Gibbs for a GOP rally and wished him “good luck” in the upcoming election.