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Arizona GOP reprimands John McCain as too liberal

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Arizona GOPThe Arizona Republican Party has formally reprimanded Sen. John McCain, censuring him for a liberal voting record and working with Democrats in Washington.

The state party adopted a resolution by voice vote condemning the five-term senator for a record that is “disastrous and harmful” to the nation during a party meeting in Tempe on Saturday. The resolution knocks McCain for being critical of his party’s conservative wing while staying “eerily silent against liberals,” working closely with Democrats on immigration reform and not backing a conservative strategy to defund Obamacare, which McCain long warned would result in October’s government shutdown.

In adopting the censure, state GOP leaders affirmed that until McCain champions the party platform they will “no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. senator.” The resolution was authored by Timothy Schwartz, the chairman of the Arizona District 30 Republicans and a member of a conservative wing of Arizonans who have long been critical of McCain.

“America’s voters believe that ‘fake-Cain’ is OK. We want the public to know Sen. McCain does not have the support of his own party,” Schwartz told KSAZ.

McCain’s office declined to comment but pointed to a spirited defense of McCain by a former colleague, the now-retired Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Kyl described the resolution as “wacky” and not representative of the state’s GOP voters.



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