Jane Timken was choosing her words very carefully.
I had just asked her why Anthony Gonzalez’ vote to impeach President Trump—which she deemed “rational” back in late January, even if she didn’t agree with it—was now cause for his resignation.
“Let me be clear,” she said. “I always took the position that Anthony Gonzalez’ vote was wrong. The impeachment was unconstitutional and a scam, and I’ve made a very clear statement that he can no longer be effective representing the 16th District because he’s gone against the wishes of his constituents.”
I read her exact words praising Gonzalez back to her: “I think he’s been a very effective legislator. I don’t know if I would have voted the way he did. I think he’s spending some time explaining to folks his vote, and I think he’s got a rational reason why he voted that way. I think he’s an effective legislator, and he’s a very good person.”