The looming vote for two articles of the impeachment of President Trump will put battleground Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives in a quandary: Take an official vote to advance the removal of the president to the U.S. Senate or reject it.
For Democrats like Reps. Anthony Brindisi, the vote, which could come by the end of this month, is fraught with risks and the potential to alienate progressives who cheered his election over Republican Claudia Tenney last year or inflame the voters in the central New York House district who voted for the president.
Brindisi is among the handful of Democrats seeking an off-ramp from impeachment, proposing instead a plan that would censure the president amid allegations he sought to tie military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of Democrats by the country.
On the other end, Republicans in purplish-hued districts, like neighboring Republican Rep. John Katko, will also continue to face questions over the president’s conduct. Katko has so far has kept to what a number of battleground GOP lawmakers have said: Trump’s behavior is regrettable, but it’s not impeachable.
Meanwhile, groups on the right are bolstering an ad blitz in 10 congressional districts to oppose impeachment.
The conservative advocacy organization American Action Network on Tuesday announced an additional $1.5 million for its advertising efforts, bringing their total spending to $8.5 million in the anti-impeachment campaign.
“Americans expect Members of Congress to get to work on reducing health care costs, securing the border and creating better trade deals, but instead Congressional liberals have used their every waking moment to try and remove President Trump from office,” said AAN President Dan Conston. “It’s time for Members to get back to work, stop this impeachment nonsense and let the voters decide elections for themselves.”