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Constituents praise, pillory swing-district congresswoman

December 19, 2019 GMT
The U.S. Capitol is seen at the end of the day Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Washington, after the U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstructing Congress. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The U.S. Capitol is seen at the end of the day Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Washington, after the U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstructing Congress. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A first-term congresswoman from a swing district in southern New Mexico held a town hall meeting with constituents by telephone minutes after the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico received both high praise and biting criticism for her vote in favor of two articles of impeachment as she responded to comments and questions by conference call from Washington, D.C.

Torres Small said she was saddened by the anger and political divisions linked to the impeachment and that her vote was necessary to safeguard U.S. elections.

Several callers admonished the congresswoman for her vote, and one said the Torres Small was taking the impeachment too lightly. Torres Small described impeachment as a serious matter that is second only to the power to declare war.

When a supportive caller congratulated Torres Small for voting to impeach, the congresswoman said she did not feel congratulations were in order.

“This impeachment is a remedy that the Constitution requires,” she said.

Torres Small narrowly won election in the state’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018, ending four terms of Republican control.