WASHINGTON D.C. – As a vote on two controversial articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump looms in the U.S. House of Representatives, President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. is tweeting out the office phone numbers of Representatives for their constituents to call.
of those numbers is the Representative for Maine’s Second Congressional
District, Jared Golden. Golden has yet to announce how he will vote on the
articles of impeachment. In the months leading up to the vote, Golden has at
times seemed to be trying to play both sides of the issue – at least until he
voted on Halloween Day in favor of the impeachment inquiry.
forces have rallied outside Golden’s office to urge Golden to oppose impeachment,
but Golden has remained tight lipped about his upcoming vote on the actual
articles of impeachment. On Friday, Rep. Chellie Pingree, who represents Maine’s
more liberal First District, announced she would vote in favor of the articles
however, represents a district that President Trump won in 2016 by more than 10
percentage points and where Trump maintains a strong base of support, especially
across wide swaths of the districts rural areas.
the campaign trail in 2018, Golden often suggested he would work across the
aisle with President Trump and Republicans, but an analysis by FiveThirtEight
says Golden’s voting record has only aligned with President Trump 9.1% of the
time. That rating is lower than Rep. Chellie Pingree’s score and tied with Rep.
Rashida Tlaib, a member of the well-known “Squad” of progressive women who
pride themselves in being Trump antagonists, including Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep.
Golden is among a group of Democrats representing districts Trump won in 2016
that are widely viewed as vulnerable if they vote for impeachment.
On the other side of the political spectrum, liberal groups with dark money ties such as Mainers for Accountable Leadership have begun speaking out about Golden’s lack of vocal support of impeachment.
Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet included Rep. Golden’s Washington D.C. office number (202) 225-6306 and his two twitter handles @RepGolden and @Golden4Congress.
In a tweet before Trump Jr. began
tweeting the info to contact a series of members of Congress, he said, “Enough!
These Democrats in Trump districts said they were with @realDonaldTrump
. They lied! – Now now its time to hear from OUR
MOVEMENT. Here’s a complete thread of their handles & phone #s. Call non-stop, tweet at them, tell them this will NOT STAND
& you’ll remember in Nov! RT”
Unlike other Democrats in similar situations around the nation,
Golden has what some see as a dubious claim to even hold the seat. He lost the
2018 general election when the votes were initially counted, only to be handed
victory days later when ballots were run through a ranked-choice voting
tabulation and the votes of the fourth and third place candidates were
reassigned, giving him the “victory.”
The ranked-choice voting process has been called a “rip off” and
much worse in the fallout of Golden being declared the winner under RCV.
In October, the RNC debuted a new website, StopTheMadness.gop, which operates as a one-stop clearing
house to defend the president– including opportunities for people to sign up as
a volunteer, details on how to show up to a counter protest and more. A $10.3
million TV and digital buy is also part of the nationwide push against 60+
vulnerable Democrats who campaigned on reaching across the aisle to work with
More recently, Republican groups have been hammering Golden on the airwaves and in digital ads, calling on him to oppose impeachment and criticizing the lack of progress being made on key issues voters care about, like the economy.
Earlier today, news broke that moderate Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey will switch parties to become a Republican in coming days, perhaps a sign of the stress some Democrats are feeling over the push by liberal Democrats for a quick impeachment.