That move by the state party, however, didn’t go far enough for Ball’s county party or the county GOP in nearby Westmoreland County, both of which plan to formally censure Toomey.

But it was Ball’s pithy attack on Toomey’s discharge of his Senate duties that was the most notable.

“We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing,” Ball said, offering a stridently partisan view of democratic representation. “We sent him there to represent us.”

“This is a matter of magnitude beyond a simple up or down vote on some trade policy or something,” Westmoreland County GOP chair Bill Bretz added.