Arizona GOP Formally Censures John McCain For Being Too Liberal
Members of the Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for having a voting record that is insufficiently conservative.
The move is a strong message of disapproval from McCain’s party. The GOP cited his support for immigration reform, Obamacare, and other issues “associated with liberal Democrats."
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the matter.
Former Sen. Jon Kyl called the censure “wacky” and said McCain’s voting history is “very conservative.”
"I've gone to dozens of these meetings and every now and then some wacky resolution gets passed," Kyl told the Arizona Republic. "But most people realize it does not represent the majority of the vast numbers of Republicans."
McCain isn’t up for reelection until 2016. He announced he was considering a sixth term in October.
"We would gladly embrace Sen. McCain if he stood behind us and represented us," said Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution.