The Lexington County Republican Party is upset with state Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, again and asking him to resign.
The party's executive committee voted 28-22 Monday to censure Knotts, based on last year's findings by the Senate Ethics Committee that the veteran legislator had broken state campaign finance laws.
Knotts publicly was reprimanded by the Senate committee, which required him to repay nearly $25,000 in contributions above the legal limit and improve his record keeping. However, the Senate committee found no evidence that Knotts had spent any of the money for his personal use or that any money was missing.
Said Rich Bolen, chairman of the Lexington party, "There is a strong sentiment among regular Republicans that we, as a party, must hold our elected officials accountable ... and that, even though we have no formal authority over a sitting government elected official, we can express our disapproval of misbehavior."
Knotts said Tuesday he has no intention of stepping down.