A few Democrats who abandoned party leadership to vote against a resolution that opened an accusation investigation warned that it could tear the nation apart and fail to remove Donald Trump from his position.
One of them, Rep. Collin Peterson, is one of the last of a breed of & # 39; Blue Dog & # 39; Democrats who have challenged the party's increasingly liberal tendency. He and New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the other democrat in opposition, each have swing districts that Trump carried in the 2016 elections.
He represents a rural Minnesota district that Donald Trump carried the Peterson district with more than 30 points. Peterson bore it with 52 percent of the votes.
Peterson said in a statement on Thursday: & # 39; This accusation process remains hopelessly biased. I have heard from my voters on both sides for months and the escalation of phone calls last week shows me how divided our country really is. & # 39;
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) Is one of two Democrats who broke against party leaders on Thursday during an impeachment vote
The Democratic-Farmer Labor Party member has also picked up criticism from many Republicans against the investigation under the supervision of the California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff. So far, deposits have been made behind closed doors.
& # 39; I am deeply concerned about how depositions were conducted with closed doors and I am skeptical that we will have an open, transparent and fair trial, & # 39; said Peterson. & # 39; Without support from the Senate Republicans, this path is a mistake. Today's vote has been both unnecessary and widespread in the media and by Republicans as a vote on charges, & he said.
New Jersey representative Jeff Van Drew warned that an investigation by parties could tear the country apart. He was elected with 53 percent of the votes in 2018
House speaker Nancy Pelosi almost succeeded in uniting her caucus, with only two democrats breaking away
President Donald J. Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) hand out candy to children in costumes alongside counselor to President Kellyanne Conway (R) during a Halloween event at the White House in Washington, DC, US, October 28 2019. He destroyed the deposition investigation on Thursday
He is a fiscal conservative who sometimes votes against party leaders for weapons and abortion.
Also & # 39; no & # 39; about Jeff Van Drew, who represents parts of southern New Jersey, including Atlantic City and suburbs outside of Wilmington. He is a former state legislator in New Jersey who also served on city councils and committees.
Van Drew predicted that deposition would split the country without a consensus between two parties. He won his seat in 2018 with only 53 percent of the votes, making him an automatic target for Republicans.
& # 39; Without the support of two parties, I believe this research will further divide the country and take it apart and ultimately fail in the Senate, & # 39; said Van Drew in a statement.
& # 39; However, now that the vote has taken place and we move on, I will make a judgment based on all the evidence produced by these investigations. I hope that we can still do some work to help the American people, such as infrastructure, benefits for veterans, environmental protection, immigration reform, reducing the cost of prescription drugs and strengthening social security. & # 39;
Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, an ally of Trump, told DailyMail.com Democrats with marginal districts would pay a political price for their attitude to deposition.
Two districts, two & # 39; no & # 39; votes
New Jersey 2nd congress district
Represented by Rep. Jeff Van Drew
Including Atlantic City, southern New Jersey and suburbs outside of Wilmington.
Van Drew was elected in 1998 with 53 percent of the votes.
7th Congress District of Minnesota
Represented by Rep. Collin Peterson
Largely covers rural areas in western Minnesota.
Peterson is a & # 39; Blue Dog & # 39; democrat who has represented the district since 1991. In 2018, Donald Trump carried the Peterson district with more than 30 points.
& # 39; I'm sure the supporters of the president and the people who see this circus exactly what it is will be furious with their congressman, & # 39; said Zeldin. & # 39; For that Trump voter, who voted for those first-year House Democrat, this is not what they thought they signed up for and that person voted to represent them.
And the voter will throw them out of office in November. It is a 100 percent chance that different members of their conference will therefore be evicted. This voice greatly hurts their cause, it doesn't help them, & he said.
Another democrat who was closely watched, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, voted in favor of the resolution.
Republicans had hoped that more democrats in vulnerable places would vote against it, which revealed a political split that they could use.
Rep. Justin Amash, a republican who became independent, voted in favor of the resolution.
Four legislators did not vote. Three republicans – Jody Hice from Georgia, John Rose from Tennessee and William Timmons from South Carolina – and one democrat: Donald McEachin from Virginia. Hice went to his father's funeral.
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