Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), has been censured by his own party for not being conservative enough. The resolution was approved by a voice vote during a meeting of the party’s committee members in Tempe, Arizona. GOP spokesman Tim Sifert said that a 20% approval of the measure was needed for censure.
According to the resolution, McCain, who ran for President against Obama in 2008 and lost, supported issues that have been “associated with liberal Democrats,” such as immigration reform, campaign finance, re-defining voting districts, and the Affordable Care Act.
“We would gladly embrace Sen. McCain if he stood behind us and represented us,” said Timothy Schwartz, the Arizona Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution.
While 20% does not represent a majority by any means, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers continued to try to appeal to the ultra-conservative minority of the GOP in Arizona by saying that McCain’s voting record is “very conservative”.
McCain is up for re-election in 2016, when he will be 80 years old. In September of 2013 he announced he is pondering a run for another term in office, having gone on record as saying he is “seriously considering” another bid for the US Senate seat he now holds.
McCain has a history of clashing with ultra-conservatives in his own party, calling for them to accept responsibility for shutting down the government and calling out tea drinkers Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as “wacko birds” in an interview with the Huffington Post last March.
We guess McCain can’t find anywhere else as quiet to play virtual poker.
h/t: Associated Press