According to a new report from TheHill, Republican Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will not attend the GOP convention taking place next month in Florida. Aides for the senators confirmed their plans.
Mitt Romney was the only Republican Senator to vote with Democrats on convicting President Trump during impeachment.
Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, along with John McCain were the only Republican Senators that voted against the skinny appeal of Obamacare.
Murkowski then went on to vote against the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh.
TheHill reports an aide for Collins noted that she was never planning to attend the GOP convention because she does not go when she herself is up for reelection. Collins is in a tight race this year that could be pivotal in determining who holds the Senate majority in the next Congress.
Spokespeople for Romney and Murkowski didn’t immediately respond to follow-up questions about whether their plans were related to the coronavirus as the country sees an increase in cases.
Both senators have had high-profile clashes with Trump; Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to impeach the president earlier this year, while Murkowski opposed ObamaCare’s repeal and Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Romney declined last month to say who he’s voting for but indicated to The Atlantic in February that he could write in his wife’s name, which is what he did in 2016.
“I’m not going to be describing who I’ll be voting for, I don’t imagine,” Romney told reporters last month.
Murkowski, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, told reporters last month that she was “struggling” with whether support him in November.