On Saturday, US Senator from Arizona John McCain was officially censured by his state’s Republican party.
The resolution was passed by a large margin of those who voted. The resolution cited McCain’s “liberal” voting record which it claimed had been “disastrous and harmful” to the state and country. McCain had already been censured by several Arizona county GOPs including a recent censure by the state’s largest county, Maricopa which overwhelmingly voted 1,150-to-351 in favor of censure, a 76% margin.
It is highly unusual for any state GOP body to officially censure a US Senator of its own party and state, so this latest censure, especially coming on the heels of resounding censures from individual counties may send a very strong message to the Senator who will turn 80 at the end of his term in 2016. McCain had recently stated that he was “seriously considering” running for reelection in 2016. The censure passed by the AZ state GOP was taken by voice vote, so no percentage margin can be known, but according to video of the vote it was convincing.
McCain’s close cohort in the Senate, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham has also had multiple GOP censures lobbed at him recently, and by overwhelming margins, with the lowest margin being 63% and the highest at 100%.
Since August, seven SC county GOP bodies including the state’s largest, Greenville have passed resolutions of censure citing Graham having strayed from the GOP platform and at times aligning himself with the democrat and Obama agenda. Several other SC county GOP bodies have censure measures pending against Graham.
Graham currently finds himself for the first time of his nearly two decades political career facing a serious primary challenge from four primary opponents – Lieutenant Colonel Bill Connor, a 23 year Army and Afghanistan combat veteran officer, State Senator Lee Bright, Businessman Richard Cash, and co-founder and former co-owner of FITSnews Nancy Mace.
Connor, who has a rather impressive list of foreign policy and national security credentials and experience to his name, has intensely gone after Graham over Graham’s supporting of Obama’s foreign policy, especially in Egypt and Syria. It seems that Graham, who has long been viewed as a “foreign policy hawk”, is now feeling the pressure of having his support of Obama policy brought to light as he now seems to be running the other way and distancing himself from the disastrous Obama policies.
For Graham, the ultimate censure may come in a matter of months in the June GOP primary.
McCain will not face a primary until 2016….. if he decides to run again.
It seems clear that in Arizona and South Carolina, conservatives within the GOP are saying enough is enough and are doing everything within their power to send a strong and unmistakable message to the establishment GOP which continues to pander to Obama and the democrats.
Whether the message will be heard, that may be another story….
Posted by: Javan Browder
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