The Arizona State Republican Party approved a resolution on Saturday, January 25 that censured Senator John McCain (shown on right in photo) for compiling a voting record that is insufficiently conservative for Arizonans.
AP reported that the resolution criticized McCain for campaigning as a conservative and then lending his support to issues “associated with liberal Democrats,” such as “immigration reform” (amnesty) and funding ObamaCare.
Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution, said the censure showed that McCain was losing support from his own party. “We would gladly embrace Sen. McCain if he stood behind us and represented us,” AP quoted Schwartz.
In the recent Freedom Index published by The New American earlier this month, which rated members of the 113th Congress according to their faithfulness to the Constitution, based on 20 key votes, McCain received a score of 50 percent. (For comparison, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah each scored 95 percent.)
Several Republican county committees also recently censured McCain, including Maricopa County (which includes Phoenix), the state’s most populous and fourth in the nation with a population of nearly four million.
The Maricopa County resolution, which was very similar to the state party resolution, read, in part:
Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees….
Whereas McCain has abandoned our core values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party, therefore
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican leadership censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation, and … the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.
(To read the entire text of the resolution, click here.)
McCain responded to the censure by implying that it just might motivate him to run for a sixth Senate term in 2016, when he will be 80 years old. “If there's such a thing as motivation to more seriously consider it, it's what just happened,” McCain told The Associated Press.
McCain made light of the censure calling it “ludicrous.” In his statement to AP, the senator said: “It shows that, again, a very extremist element of the party has taken over the party apparatus.”
“I’ve won every race I’ve run and I'm proud of my record, and if I run again, I am totally confident of re-election.”
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Photo of John McCain with George Soros: AP Images