Conservative Republicans formally rebuking Senator John McCain is getting to be a thing. Last September, it was Arizona GOP Legislative District 26, which called out McCain for supporting President Barack Obama’s Federal appointees. In the new year, it’s the Maricopa County Republican Party — the local arm of the GOP that’s right in McCain’s backyard.
Maricopa County Republicans voted to formally censure McCain last week by an astonishing 1,150-to-351 margin, issuing a resolution that insinuates the former Presidential nominee had betrayed the party’s core values:
As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. 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. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:
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 this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and,
Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and
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
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform and values, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.
Ouch. McCain has been hinting in recent months that he will seek a sixth term in the Senate. The Maricopa County GOP isn’t a mouthpiece for the State GOP, but it does reflect the prevailing political views of Republicans in Arizona’s most populous county, encompassing Phoenix — McCain’s hometown and the Nation’s fifth largest city — as well as massive suburban cities like Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale.
McCain will be 80 years old in 2016, when his Senate seat comes up for election.