Rep. Upton Censured by County GOP for Vote to Remove Greene From Committees

February 24, 2021 Updated: February 24, 2021

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) was censured by Republicans in his home district for his vote weeks ago to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments.

Michigan’s Cass County GOP censured Upton for the vote, according to Upton in a series of Twitter posts on Feb. 23.

Text of the resolution read: “We believe Congressman Upton’s vote is a betrayal of his oath of office and core values of the Cass County Republican Party. We believe this vote was not cast in accordance with the voice of the voters of Cass County and against our interest,” according to Newsweek.

“Tonight, the Cass County GOP censured me for voting to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the education committee, and in their resolution, they stated that ‘her comments have not been out of line with anyone else’s comments.’ Really?” he wrote in response on Twitter.

On his Twitter page, Upton then listed alleged statements that Greene made on social media before she was sworn into office.

“Does the Cass GOP really think someone like that represents Republican values and should be serving on the education committee? I served on that committee and met with Columbine school shooting survivors. … She should not be on the education committee, and Congress was right to remove her, period,” Upton wrote.

Ten other Republicans voted to remove Greene from her assignments on the budget, education, and labor committees.

In January, after Greene’s social media posts came to light, House Democrats, along with some corporate media pundits, mounted a campaign against the Georgia lawmaker over comments she made on social media, and attempted to tie her to the QAnon movement and the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Marjorie Taylor Greene
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks during a press conference in Washington on Feb. 5, 2021. (Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images)

Before the vote to strip her of her committee assignments, Greene appealed to her colleagues and distanced herself from the QAnon movement.

“These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me,” Greene stated. “They do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values.”

The move to censure Upton comes after he voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last month. House Democrats asserted that Trump was responsible for inciting a crowd at the Capitol on Jan. 6; Trump and his lawyers have denied the claims.

Republicans like Upton in the House who voted to impeach Trump or voted to convict the president in the Senate have faced significant blowback from their constituents and local Republican Party organizations. Trump, as recent polls suggest, remains a very popular figure in the GOP.

Of the seven Republican senators to convict Trump, five of them have been censured. Maine’s GOP is reportedly slated to hold a meeting by the end of the month about whether Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) should be censured. Utah’s Republican Party issued a statement in early February saying that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) won’t be censured.

Cass County GOP officials didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for additional details about the vote.