Republicans in Arizona have the utmost respect for U.S. Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., Vietnam service record, but they’ve had it up to here with his floor votes and positions on issues. This has prompted one Arizona Republican group to take formal action.
Arizona’s Legislative District 26 Republican Party issued a written rebuke of the senator, listing instances in which he’d assisted President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., begging the question, whose side are you on, anyway? according to the resolution.
Titled “Resolution of Rebuke of United States Senator John McCain,” it begins by listing several controversial presidential appointments up for Senate confirmation. The resolution claims McCain worked to secure votes from fellow Republican senators to approve the nominees instead of fighting against their appointment.
As a result, it claims McCain, “provided the votes necessary for the confirmation of the above nominees,” and said his “’deal’ was nothing more than capitulation to the Senate Majority Leader, giving him everything he asked for.”
The resolution, which passed Tuesday evening, went on to note that “Senator McCain claims in defense of his actions, that they were taken to prevent the Senate Majority Leader from ‘going nuclear’ and illegally breaking the Senate rules to pass these nominees.”
However, the resolution notes that no matter the reason, McCain’s activities were in clear conflict with republican principles, asserting “that senators should call the Senate Majority Leader’s bluff and force him to get the votes necessary from members of his own party.”
It calls upon McCain to “cease deal-making and negotiations for Republican votes that undermine the Senate Republican Leader” and and claims McCain’s actions “unbecoming a Member of the United States Senate, weakened the Senate Republican Leader, and is hereby strongly rebuked and condemned.”
Breitbart News noted that this isn’t the first time McCain has had problems with his state’s Republican leaders. In addition, he was excoriated by his constituents at town hall meetings during the August congressional recess because of his hawkish stance on Syria.
McCain will be up for re-election in 2016. He won 59 percent of the vote during his 2010 bid.