Trump conviction-voting GOP senator defends conservative record

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Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana — one of the few Republicans who voted both to convict President Trump and to approve the infrastructure deal — told me in an “Axios on HBO” interview:

  • “People assume that if you're moderate in tone and you wish to connect with others for a common goal of improving our country in some way, you don't have true colors — whatever those colors are supposed to be, red or blue.”

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After Cassidy became one of seven Republican senators to convict President Trump just before he left office, the Louisiana Republican Party voted to censure the sitting senator.

The big picture: The American Conservative Union says that for both last year and for his career, Cassidy has an 83% conservative voting rating, showing he’s a rock-solid conservative.

  • Cassidy sometimes gets cast as a moderate, which drives him crazy.

  • “I'm a conservative who happens to be a senator,” he said during an interview in Chalmette, La. “The only way you get something done to advance our country is to work with other people.”

  • “I've learned that lesson the hard way,” Cassidy added. “And if I can work with other people and make our country better, then I'm a conservative who's got his job done.

Referring to a constituent whose home was damaged by Hurricane Ida, Cassidy said the man was “excited because his kids may move home — because of a program that I've been helped, that I've been able to help craft, which prioritizes communities such as the community in which he lives.”

  • “I'm doing my job,” the senator added. “Now, I may take some flack. But that's OK.”

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