John McCain Censured by Arizona State GOP

You know what they say about “birds of a feather.” Well, recently, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was censured for the seventh time, and in his own home county. His comrade in the United States Senate, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has now been formally censured by the Arizona Republican Party with a resolution condemning him “for his continued disservice to our state and nation.”

On Saturday, January 26, 2014, McCain was censured for his voting record. A gathering of 1,300 Republicans gathered at Grace Community Church in Tempe, and the event included
Gov. Jan Brewer, Rep. Matt Salmon and Sen. Andy Biggs. reports:

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Delivering a strong rebuke to U.S. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republicans passed a resolution to censure the one-time presidential nominee for what they characterize as a liberal record that has been “disastrous and harmful” to the state and nation.

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While McCain is a political star on the national stage, for years he has had to contend with vocal critics in his home state, who accuse him of betraying the Grand Old Party’s principles.

Saturday’s censure came two weeks after the Maricopa County Republican Party passed a resolution to censure the senator on a 1,150-to-351 vote.

The state GOP party’s censure passed by acclamation, meaning by a voice vote. It has no practical effect, but serves as an attempt to embarrass the senator.

The resolution stated in part:

“Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”

Though the censure says that McCain’s voting record has been “disastrous and harmful,” former Senate minority whip John Kyl told called the resolution “wacky.”

“I’ve gone to dozens of these meetings and every now and then some wacky resolution gets passed,” Kyl, the former Senate minority whip told The Arizona Republic. “But most people realize it does not represent the majority of the vast numbers of Republicans.”

Kyl then touted McCain as being favored by the people since he has constantly been re-elected.

“Do these guys ever get elected? It’s John McCain who gets elected,” Kyl said. “To say that John McCain doesn’t work with Republicans, doesn’t have a conservative voting record – that’s just baloney. I served with him in the Senate for 18 years, 26 years all together, and we didn’t always vote alike, but his record is very conservative. It’s just wacky to say otherwise.”

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure.

Though Kyl claims that McCain’s voting record is “very conservative,” the Heritage Action scorecard for McCain reveals something different. In fact, it shows that McCain votes only 43% conservative. That’s almost 25% behind the Senate Republican average.

However, it isn’t just McCain’s voting record that should be suspect. Last year, McCain was called a traitor by Marine Blaine Cooper. Cooper said if he had the authority, he would have John McCain arrested for treason. Cooper explained that his reasons were due to McCain’s support of America’s enemies in Syria, even going so far as to have his picture made with our enemies. It was rather reminiscent of Hanoi Jane Fonda. How Ironic!

While some think of this as nothing more than “infighting” in the Republican Party, nothing could be further from the truth. The issue for the Republican Party is quite simple. The Party is going to have to determine whether or not they are going to promote lawbreakers or oath keepers, whether they have men of character and will follow the law, or whether we will have men sell out to the highest bidder, regardless of what it does to the people they are supposed to represent.

While the GOP at large has declared war on Tea Party conservatives, I’m glad to see that the Tea Party isn’t going to take it on the chin. They’re taking the fight to the establishment and this is evidence of that movement.

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