A resolution demanding the resignation of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn was passed this week by the executive committee of a northeast Texas county’s Republican Party.
The Lamar County Republican Party executive committee’s resolution demands Cornyn resign based on his “lack of fidelity to our founding principles, our national and state constitutions, and the Republican Party of Texas.”
In a Friday morning interview with radio show host and Newsmax TV personality Chris Salcedo, Lamar County Republican Party chairman Scott Hommel discussed the resolution and his frustration with the senior U.S. senator for Texas.
“We decided to do this because he’s literally not following the Republican Party of Texas platform based on his voting record,” Hommel explained. “And when he voted for the omnibus bill, that was what put me over the edge to go ahead and make this resolution. … We need to fire him!”
Salcedo agreed, calling Cornyn an “enemy of Texas” for supporting the $1.7 trillion bill, which allocated nearly $45 billion in aid to Ukraine and millions to secure the border of several Middle Eastern countries while prohibiting the construction of a wall on our own nation’s southern border.
“That’s the act of a traitor, in my opinion,” Hommel concurred.
Hommel described how their county’s sheriff department recently arrested a drug smuggler with fentanyl, which has been pouring over the southern border and ravaging communities throughout the country.
“So, the border is everywhere,” Hommel asserted, “and John Cornyn does not want to protect the Texas border, and that is a big problem.”
Salcedo affirmed this perspective, arguing that “John Cornyn isn’t loyal to Texas, he’s loyal to Mitch McConnell. And Mitch McConnell is loyal to China, and that’s a big problem for me.”
The resolution mentions several other grievances with Cornyn, including his assent to the confirmation of a dozen or more Biden appointees, his opposition to a resolution proposed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to restrict government spending, his lead role in negotiating wide-ranging gun control legislation last year, and his support for funding to promote critical race theory.
Hommel said Cornyn’s record “goes completely—100 percent—against the legislative priorities we came up with at the convention.”
It goes against our platform we have here in Texas as a Republican Party, and we just can’t stand for any more. People have to realize that we can’t just say, “Oh, well, he voted for it. What are we going to do about it?” Well, let’s stand up and demand that he resign, and get on board with this.
More and more people … are waking up to what’s really going on in our country, and we can no longer stand by and let our elected officials—who are supposed to work for us—get away with not following their platform. If you sign on, “Hey, I’m a Republican. I’m a conservative Republican,’” and you vote against us, that’s not right.
Salcedo accused the Republican Party of being “schizophrenic” and “rudderless with no values.” He argued that a third of Republicans are really ideological Democrats, a third are staunch conservatives, and a third refuse to call out Republicans who don’t acknowledge or support the party’s stated principles.
When Hommel mentioned how Ted Cruz is recognized in the resolution for “standing up for Texas,” Salcedo launched into a withering criticism of Cornyn and offered solid praise for the state’s junior senator.
“Damn right, what a contrast we have. A milquetoast, sellout, Democrat enabler [in] John Cornyn and then a staunch, rock-ribbed conservative in Ted Cruz. … John Cornyn doesn’t have the support of the people of Texas—maybe the Democrats—but the vast majority of us who vote conservative or vote Republican, he has stabbed us in the back. And everyone concedes he’s not running again, but it is my contention that four years in that office and doing more harm and voting with Democrats is unacceptable.”
Salcedo argued that the passage of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “bastardized the Founding Fathers’ vision for this country” by making senators popularly elected instead of being selected by the state legislatures, weakening the loyalty senators have for the states they represent.
“John Cornyn is a menace. John Cornyn has shown his loyalty to Mitch McConnell and his disloyalty to our people. John Cornyn thinks he’s unassailable, he’s unaccountable because, hey, he’s got four more years and, hey, we can’t recall him. … Maybe John Cornyn can move to Kentucky and be with his best friend Mitch McConnell who is palling around with Beijing Biden. That’s where he belongs.”
Salcedo called on other Republican Party county chairs throughout the state to pass resolutions similar to Lamar County’s, which can be viewed here.