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Michigan Democrats call on Republican lawmakers who objected to election results to resign

Call for resignations come as pressure grows to hold lawmakers accountable for false election claims

DETROIT – On Tuesday, the Michigan Democratic Party announced it wants the three Republican representatives from Michigan who objected to the election results to resign.

Republicans Lisa McClain, Tim Walberg and Jack Bergman all objected last Wednesday after rioters stormed the US Capitol.

The call Tuesday for those resignations also comes as there is growing pressure in Washington and Lansing for lawmakers to be held accountable for furthering false election claims.

“Walberg, McClain and Bergman’s actions have been nothing short of an attack on our democracy, a betrayal of those who they represent,” wrote MDP Party Chair Lavora Barnes.

In an email obtained by Local 4 News McClain reached out to Barnes asking for a meeting immediately on the resignation call. So far a spokesperson says Barnes nor the party have answered the request.

But calls have been growing on Capitol Hill as well for members to be punished. This week Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said every option was “on the table.”

“We also are looking at a you know the 14th Amendment expelling colleagues. There’s been conversations about censorship,” said Tlaib.

Calls to discipline lawmakers have also extended to Lansing where the new Minority Leader,Donna Lisinski, is calling on the incoming speaker, Jason Wentworth, to take action against 18 members who advocated for Vice President Mike Pence to ignore the Electoral College votes.

“We can’t make it normal for a lawmaker one day to try and undermine democracy, and then the next day to show up on the floor of our state Capitol to make law. That is not okay and those lawmakers must be held accountable,” said Lisinski.

Local 4 News was unable to get responses from either Walberg or Bergman on Tuesday. The next big thing we will be watching is how these members vote on impeachment Wednesday morning.

McClain already signaled she would likely vote no.

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