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No reason to rally for resignation

Calls for Sen. Doug Mastriano to resign from office for attending last week’s Washington, D.C., rally in support of President Donald Trump are, at least for now, premature.

Mastriano admits attending the rally. It’s hard for him to deny it –the Friends of Doug Mastriano organized a bus trip to the rally as a fundraiser. But, the Adams Republican says he did not storm the Capitol building.

“At no point did we enter the Capitol building, walk on the Capitol steps or go beyond police lines,” Mastriano said in a statement.

That hasn’t stopped Democrats from pushing for Mastriano to resign his seat. Sen. Tim Kearney was among the first to call for Republican leadership in the state Senate to call for Mastriano’s resignation or, at least, for Mastriano’s committee leadership positions to be stripped.

Such talk is premature and seems to come more from Mastriano’s support of President Trump than any proof of wrongdoing. Voters will decide if they approve of Mastriano’s steadfast support of President Trump during the next election.

There is no law against attending peaceful rallies, and unless there is proof that Mastriano broke any laws then the Democrats’ calls for resignation are in effect penalizing the exercise of one’s freedom of speech.

That is a freedom that protesters throughout the country exercised freely during the summer and, at times, a freedom that resulted in the destruction of private and public property.

Those who entered the U.S. Capitol building last week should be punished. There is no excuse for their actions.

But those who simply attend a protest should face no repercussions, regardless of whether people agree with the reason for the protest.

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