Byrne not convinced Congress can ‘get rid’ of Ilhan Omar — ‘The standards for expulsion are pretty high’
MOULTON — Last month, the Alabama Republican Party’s state executive committee passed a resolution calling for Alabama’s congressional delegation to act on the expulsion of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
The effort by the ALGOP received national headlines and also resulted in a back-and-forth exchange between Omar and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore over the issue.
During an appearance at the monthly Lawrence County Republican Party meeting, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) was asked by an attendee if he can “get rid of” Omar, apparently referring to the expulsion call. Byrne, a candidate for the Republican Party’s 2020 U.S. Senate nomination, explained that based on the high standard of expulsion, he did not think so.
“No, sir,” Byrne replied to the question. “I know we got the state party that wants to do that. Here’s the thing – and I’m going to go back and look at the standard for that. It takes a pretty high standard to expel somebody from the House. Her constituents sent her there. Now, I don’t know if you’re reading much about her … but there’s some concern about her in her own district. We’ll see what her constituents do about that. And if I get back and I find that she needs expulsion, I’ll be for it. But I think we need to be prepared for the fact the standards for expulsion are pretty high.”