The endless quest for conservative purity continues, with the Arizona Republican Party censuring Sen. John McCain, who has won his party’s nomination and the general election for his senate seat in the last five elections. The action was taken to condemn him for not being conservative enough.
The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.
The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate…McCain isn’t up for re-election until 2016, when will turn 80. He announced in October that he was considering running for a sixth term.
According to the resolution, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee has campaigned as a conservative but has lent his support to issues “associated with liberal Democrats,” such as immigration reform and to funding the law sometimes known as Obamacare.
Several Republican county committees recently censured McCain.
Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution, said the censure showed that McCain was losing support from his own party.
This is really quite incredible. I can’t think of a precedent, a party censuring one of its most prominent leaders for lack of ideological purity.