Monday, July 22, 2019

National Democratic Party Divisions Hit Colorado

On July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives took its first impeachment vote against President Donald Trump. The House Democratic leadership opposed the resolution and it was tabled 332 to 95 (194 Republicans with 137 Democrats), but Democrats split 137 against to 95 in favor, or 41 percent of Democrats defying their leadership.

Colorado’s Democratic delegation split in half, with suburban congresspersons Ed Perlmutter and Jason Crow voting against, and Denver and Boulder congresspersons Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse, respectively, supporting the impeachment resolution. All three Colorado Republicans voted to table the resolution; i.e., against it.

Perlmutter resisted Nancy Pelosi’s return to leadership, but backed her in this vote. DeGette, who is a part of leadership as a subcommittee chair, opposed her. But, DeGette has a primary opponent from the left – Crisanta Duran.

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