Arizona GOP Rebukes John McCain? Not Quite

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Two right-wing news websites, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, have riled up their followers with headlines about the Arizona GOP issuing a "formal rebuke" of Republican Senator John McCain.

There's one critical bit of information missing from the "news" there. When you read the story, you'll see it's actually the Republican Party of Arizona's 26th Legislative District -- a district so liberal that one of its representatives gave a tribute to atheism and Carl Sagan instead of the daily prayer before a meeting at the state House of Representatives last session.

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Yeah, in a district where that guy (Democratic Representative Juan Mendez) got elected, the Republican Party denounced John McCain. Not that sexy, huh?

The other elected representatives in LD-26 are Democratic Representative Andrew Sherwood, and Democratic Senator Ed Ableser.

The district's so liberal that it voted to put Ableser in the Senate, rather than re-elect Jerry Lewis, a Republican who made national headlines for defeating villainous right-wing Senate President Russell Pearce in a recall election before redistricting put him up against the Dems.

There's a narrative growing on these right-wing websites that Arizona Republicans really don't like McCain. Breitbart's last piece was titled, "Arizona Republicans seek distance from 'out of step' John McCain." The phrase "out of step" was attributed to "a high-ranking Republican source close to the state's U.S. congressional delegation," whom Breitbart represents as most Arizona Republicans. It also pointed out that among dozens and dozens of links to news articles on the Maricopa County GOP website, several were negative of McCain. It doesn't exactly seem like the smoking gun.

Now, it's front-page news that Republicans in a very liberal district issued a "Resolution of Rebuke of United States Senator John McCain."

The reason for the rebuke isn't exactly sexy, either, as you can read below:
Resolution of Rebuke of United States Senator John McCain

WHEREAS, Senator John McCain unilaterally negotiated with the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to secure Republican votes necessary to pass a number of controversial Presidential nominees.

WHEREAS, President Obama nominated:

Gina McCarthy for head of the Environmental Protection Agency, an environmental bureaucrat who supports anti: job/consumer policies.
Richard Corday to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFRB), an unaccountable, unconstitutional agency created by the Dodd-Frank legislation.
Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary who has a known record for abusing power as Maryland's Labor Secretary, handing political appointments to Big-Labor bedfellows.

WHEREAS, Senator McCain provided the votes necessary for the confirmation of the above nominees.

WHEREAS, Senator McCain's "deal" was nothing more than capitulation to the Senate Majority Leader, giving him everything he asked for.

WHEREAS, 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.

WHEREAS, the position of Legislative District 26 republicans is that senators should call the Senate Majority Leader's bluff and force him to get the votes necessary from members of his own party.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Senator McCain do the following: cease deal-making and negotiations for Republican votes that undermine the Senate Republican Leader.

FURTHERMORE, the conduct of Senator McCain, is unbecoming a Member of the United States Senate, weakened the Senate Republican Leader, and is hereby strongly rebuked and condemned.
The headline was kind of catchy, but the actual facts of what happened hardly pass for news, let alone national news, or every Republican in the state furious over McCain's actions.

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The district being liberal has nothing to do with the politics of the LD 26 Republicans. It's an organization representing the REPUBLICANS in LD 26, not necessarily the voters of the entire legislative district. It is significant because an LD Republican committee, without regard for the politics on either the state or national party level, broke rank and publicly criticized a Republican figure. Anyone who wants the opinion of AZ GOP PCs regarding McCain need only go to a meeting and ask someone. He is about as well liked as Harry Reid.

valleynative topcommenter

So none of you actually read the article?


Putin called McJoke for what he really is. peace


John McCain will say anything or do anything as long as it's beneficial to John McCain and John McCain only. The Defense & Oil Industries sure love McCain and his warmongering. Of course they own the old guy. It's differently time that the leadership of the GOP asks for and demand McCain's resignation. 


Nobody can stand McCain in Arizona. What else is new. We're all waiting for him to retire.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

and the Republican soap opera goes on... yawn..

valleynative topcommenter


If you look back over the news reports during the past few weeks, when you apparently weren't paying attention, you'll find that McCain was against Obama's plan to strike Syria, until Obama called him into a meeting and talked him into it.


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