Shannon Grove
Sen. Shannon Grove. Courtesy of her office

Republicans in California’s state Senate have voted to replace their Trump-loyalist leader with a more moderate member of the party.

Sen. Shannon Grove of Bakersfield was replaced on Wednesday after two years as leader by Sen. Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita.

“It has been an honor to serve as the Senate Republican Leader and fight for Californians who far too often do not have their voices heard in the Capitol,” said Grove after the vote.

Wilk, who is expected to take over as leader in the next few weeks, has been described a moderate Republican.

“California is facing unprecedented challenges and Senate Republicans stand ready with solutions,” Wilk said in a statement. “For everyday Californians there is no greater priority than the pandemic — the health crisis it has created, its economic devastation and educational challenges for our students.”

Grove has called Trump “the greatest of all time” and supported his unfounded allegations of voter fraud. On Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters entered the Capitol, Grove posted a tweet claiming leftists were responsible. The tweet was later removed.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.