Polk County NC Republican Party
Contact: Dick Shaughnessy, Acting Chairman February 16th, 2021
33 S. Peak Street, Columbus NC 28722
Email: [email protected]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Executive Board of the Republican Party of Polk County, North Carolina has voted to censure Senator Richard Burr for his vote to convict former President Donald J. Trump on one count of “incitement of insurrection” in an impeachment trial. Unfortunately, other Republican Senators joined Senator Burr in this unconstitutional and cowardly act. Senator Burr’s statement attempting to explain his vote is factually inaccurate, constitutionally and logically indefensible and morally bankrupt. His recitation of the events of January 6th are wrong and he fails to acknowledge the First Amendment rights of President Trump and his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard”. Senator Burr attempts to defend the impeachment trial, after previously stating that it would be unconstitutional, by stating that the Senate’s vote “to proceed with this trial’ somehow created a precedent making it constitutional. This is an argument so lacking in logic or understanding of constitutional law that we must call it what it is: stupid. Someone so lacking in logic, understanding of the constitution and courage is unworthy to be a Senator. We urge all Republicans to censure, condemn and disavow Senator Burr and to take action to ensure that he receives no further support from the Republican Party. We in Polk County will do our part to oppose Senator Burr and work to replace him in the United States Senate at the earliest opportunity with someone worthy of that position.
Further, we are calling upon the North Carolina Republican Party to call for Senator Burr to resign from office. This is a time for all Republicans, individually and collectively through the state’s political structure, to stand as one united front for Constitutional juris prudence and against the harmful influence of special interests and treacherous leaders within our Party.
The Resolution to Censure is below.
Resolution to Censure U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Whereas, the North Carolina Republican Party was unified in its commitment to elect republican senatorial candidate Richard M. Burr, contributing countless hours and millions of dollars in donations to his campaigns in 2004, 2010 and 2016; and
Whereas, the people of North Carolina elected U.S. Senator Richard M. Burr to the U.S. Senate three times to uphold the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States; and
Whereas, as a U.S. Senator, Richard M. Burr rose to the position of Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, with access to the nation’s most sensitive classified information; and
Whereas, in May 2019, after close-out of the Mueller Report finding no collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump Campaign, Senator Burr issued a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena to Donald Trump, Jr., unwisely extending the more than 2-year investigation and distracting the President and his team from other, more important duties; and
Whereas, in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in early 2020, Senator Burr received special intelligence briefings about the potential impacts of the Chinese Coronavirus on national business and finance of the Chinese Coronavirus- information not available to the general public or Wall Street; and
Whereas, Senator Burr co-authored a Fox News Op-Ed on February 7, 2020 lauding U.S. preparation and readiness for COVID-19, expressing confidence the U.S. Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act has postured the U.S to adequately manage the Coronavirus and other future biological threats; and
Whereas, on the eve of the early 2020 stock market high on February 13, 2020, Senator Burr (and his relatives) liquidated 33 stocks he owned, valued between $628,000 and $1,700,000, which eventually led to SEC and FBI investigations into possible illegal insider trading ahead of the 2020 stock market crash; and
Whereas, the appearance of insider trading by Senator Burr triggered subpoenas of his cell phone and personal records, resulted in a 10-month investigation; and caused him to step down as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, damaging the reputation of the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina; and
Whereas, on February 9, 2021 Senator Burr voted against proceeding with the second impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump because it was unconstitutional; and
Whereas, on February 13, 2021 Senator Burr was one of only seven republican senators who voted to convict former President Donald J. Trump, assigning responsibility to him for promoting conspiracy theories (which was not a charge in the impeachment) and for inciting an insurrection (which was disproven at trial).
Therefore, be it resolved, the Executive Committee of the Polk County GOP formally and irrevocably censures U.S. Senator Richard Burr for gross impropriety in a position of sacred trust, for disloyalty to the President, and for failing to uphold the conservative principles of the Republican Party of North Carolina during his service to the state and nation as a U.S. Senator.
Be it further resolved, the Executive Committee of the Polk County calls for the immediate resignation of U.S. Senator Richard Burr for party disloyalty, violation of his oath of office and failure to defend the Constitution of the United States
Adopted: February 16, 2021 by the Executive Committee of the Polk County GOP.
Dick Shaughnessy Gene Comiskey
Chairman, Polk County Republican Party Treasurer, Polk County Republican Party