The vote was unsuccessful 711-798, according to Republican Utah spokeswoman Linda Cox.
Romney’s rebuke resolution, tabled by Don Gaiman, a Davis County delegate, was replete with unproven conspiracy theories, including on President Joe Biden and his family. The language of the resolution also claims that Romney “has consistently publicly criticized President Trump” and that “his comments not only hurt the re-election of President Trump, but also hurt other Republicans on the ballot.”
“Now you know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I do not hide the fact that I was not a fan of the problems with the character of our last president,” Romney told the crowd. In response, members of the audience whistled loudly enough to force Romney to stop speaking and wait to calm down.
Later in his remarks, Romney described himself as an “old-fashioned Republican” who made more noise than members of the crowd. The Republican nominee in 2012 defended himself from ridicule by listing his conservative powers.
“Oh yes, you can whistle anything you like, but I’ve been a Republican all my life. My father was governor of Michigan, my father worked for Republican candidates he believed in. I worked for Republicans all over the country and if you don’t remember, I was the Republican’s candidacy for president in 2012, “said Romney, who was applauded by applause from the audience.
“Yes, I understand that I have a few people who don’t like me very much and I – I’m sorry about that. But I express my consciousness because I believe it’s right, and I follow my conscience as I believe it’s right,” Romney he said at one point, to which the crowd responded with both boos and applause.
Guyman’s no-confidence motion, which had eight co-financiers, drew Romney to both conviction votes in 2020 and 2021 and rejected the idea that Trump had sparked an uprising in the US Capitol. The resolution also claims that “impeachment managers at home have provided evidence” and “denied due process,” with which Romney voted to “continue with unconstitutional impeachment and condemn President Trump despite the lack of evidence and due process.”
Guymon told CNN after the vote that he believed the proximity of the result reflected a “turnaround” against the Utah senator after his vote to condemn Trump in his two impeachment trials. Guymon added that a number of delegates had told him they had decided not to vote in favor of the no-confidence motion because they believed Romney had “received the message” when he was booed earlier in the day when he went on stage to made remarks during the organization convention.
There are about 4,000 state delegates from the GP, but only about half of those delegates attended the organizational convention this year because it was mostly party business, not some big nominations, so some people chose to stay home. Attendance was also lower due to the pandemic. By the time the resolution of discontent against Romney came out, many of the delegates had already left.
CNN contacted Romney’s office for comment.
Trump outscored those who voted for his impeachment or sentencing as “grandees” and “Republicans in name only” at the Conference on Conservative Political Action earlier this year. And the former president has vowed to campaign against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican in the Senate to vote to convict him, who will be re-elected next year.
Daniela Diaz contributed to this story.