The Arizona Republican Assembly just passed a resolution to censure John McCain. This has come as a result of John McCain separating himself recently
from the Republican Party and siding with Democrats on many issues such as immigration, judicial nominations, and Gitmo.
The censure mentions the controversial and constitutionally-challenged McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law, McCain’s alliance with liberal
billionaire George Soros, opposition to drilling for oil in Alaska, an unpopular alliance with moderates and liberals to undermine efforts to change
the Senate filibuster cloture rule and working with Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy to promote amnesty for border invaders.
Haney’s strongly-worded censure goes so far as to mention that District 11 is “ashamed” of McCain for undermining the conservative mandate of
2004 and betraying the trust of Republican voters.
The resolution says District 11 will support McCain’s future presidential candidacy “only under extremely extraordinary circumstances” and
encourages other Republican legislative districts to act similarly.
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The wording of the resolution is definitely strong, using statements like
Whereas, Senator John McCain is presently working with his Democratic soul mate, the Senior Senator of Massachusetts to draft a reform of the
Immigration Policy of the United States after years of neglect,
It does not, however, have any binding effects. The censure was simply to let McCain know the Arizona Republicans aren't happy with him and that they
won't support him for a presidential run.
In 2001 a recall effort was begun to have McCain removed from office by the voters of Arizona, but was shelved due to the attacks on September 11th.
John McCain has always been a moderate, but because he's a fairly powerful senator, it has never sat well with the Republican party just as Zell
Miller's moderation never sat well with the Democratic party. Censuring him makes sense, because the Republican party is simply making it official
that he is ignoring the goals the party as a whole is striving for. I doubt, however, that this will change anything McCain does in the future.
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[edit on 6-21-2005 by junglejake]