Arizona County GOP Votes To Endorse ‘Anyone But McCain’ For Senate

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January 19, 2016 12:30 p.m.

The Maricopa County Republican Party reiterated on Saturday that it’s no fan of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), voting to endorse “anyone but McCain” for the Republican primary in the 2016 Senate race in Arizona.

“The ‘Anyone But McCain’ sentiment expressed by the grassroots Republicans perfectly mirrors the dissatisfaction of the millions of everyday Arizonans who are tired of an out-of-control federal government,” the county party’s chairman, Tyler Bowler, said in a statement after the party approved the resolution, according to Phoenix television statement 12 News.

The Maricopa County GOP censured McCain in 2014, blasting his “long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with Liberal Democrats.”

Maricopa County is the most populous county in Arizona; Phoenix is the county seat.

In the statement on the Saturday resolution, Bowler said the county Republican Party took issue with McCain’s votes for legislation supported by congressional Democrats.

“From the commentary of many activists, Senator McCain’s recent vote to increase the national debt to more than $20 trillion, while fully funding Planned Parenthood was a clear message that he is more inclined to choose President Obama and Harry Reid over the will of the Arizona voters in order to retain his D.C. establishment power,” Bowler said in the statement.

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