Make no mistake. We are no fans of either Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) or Barack Obama. However, the odd email sent out Friday by AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham, has left numerous conservatives scratching their heads in bewilderment.
Graham chastises both Kirkpatrick and Obama for not supporting the SAFE Act, which he cagily calls “a program to preserve national security by pausing the Syrian refugee program until additional background investigations of the refugees are in place.”
Well and good.
But where are the equally harsh words for Arizona’s other congressional liberals who voted in exactly the same matter as Ann Kirkpatrick?
Why have leftists U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva (CD-5) and Ruben Gallego (CD-7) slipped the surly bonds of Graham’s condemnation?
The answer is all too simple. U.S. Sen. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, is running for yet another 6-year term after over three decades in office. Throughout those years his record on myriad issues has been interchangeable with the Democrats, with whom he has often partnered against Republicans.
That’s why he was publicly censured by elected precinct committeemen at the January 2014 mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee by a vote of 1,150 to 351. Two weeks later the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party also censured the longtime politician for a litany of grievances, including a “record [which] has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.”
Graham is suffering from a severe case of McMyopia, a refusal to see the same shameful behavior in the lying, “Open Borders” attitude of Arizona’s senior senator as evidenced by three of Arizona’s four congressional Democrats.
This was SRAZ’s take on the same issue as it relates to (AZ CD-9) U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s vote with the GOP and her reasons for doing so.
Robert Graham, fantasizing McCain is not facing primary challengers goes directly at Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who will be running in the General Election. McCain has primary opposition, acknowledged by Breitbart though ignored by Graham, ever eager to carry McCain’s distasteful water. As we recently noted, Roll Call is not as constrained as Graham. It lists John McCain number six on the roster of the ten most vulnerable U.S. Senators on the 2016 ballot.