A group of Arizona Republicans on Saturday formally censured Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in a resolution that essentially branded him a “Republican In Name Only.”
The Maricopa County Republican Committee voted overwhelmingly at its annual meeting to censure McCain, who was described as having a “long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with Liberal Democrats,” Phoenix TV station KNXV reported.
The resolution passed 1,150 to 351, according to Timothy Schwartz, chairman of the Legislative District 30 Republicans.
The full resolution below, as quoted by KXNV:
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 out 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;
Where as this record as 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 out borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-fop 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 is 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.
McCain’s office declined to respond to a request for comment from TPM.
This post has been updated.