By Linda Kor
Senator John McCain is quickly losing the support of his Republican constituents in Arizona, and is being accused of being a disservice to the state and nation by a large number of Arizona’s Republican officials who have made the decision to censure the senator.
Last week three counties passed resolutions to censure McCain and withdraw their support, including the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC), which stated that McCain has “a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats.”
The Navajo County Republicans are reportedly in agreement with the MCRC and may join ranks to censure McCain. According to Dara Vanesian, chairman of Navajo County committee, a similar resolution will be part of their Feb. 19 agenda.
“We absolutely stand with Maricopa and the other committees in this matter,” stated Vanesian.
MCRC, which represents 62 percent of Arizona’s 1,129,845 registered Republicans, passed its resolution by an overwhelming 1,150-351 vote on Jan. 12, but it wasn’t the first to make that decision. Days prior to that the Apache County Republican Committee and Mohave County Republican Central Committee also censured the senator.
The MCRC resolution also states that McCain’s record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting has been “disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States,” citing issues of support for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, and assaults on the Constitution and the Second Amendment.
McCain is the first senator to be censured in the state’s history, which is a long fall from 2008 when he was endorsed by Arizona Republicans as the Republican Party’s nominee for president. McCain has been in the Senate since 1986 and was re-elected four times with ease. If he decides to run again, he is not due for re-election until 2016.
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By Linda Kor