John McCain is the proverbial stranger in his own home when it comes to the lack of warmth he generates among Arizona Republicans. At the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) in Jan. 2014, McCain was censured by an overwhelming vote of 1,150 to 351. Two weeks later at the Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party the censure was repeated as state committeemen — elected from among precinct committeemen within legislative districts statewide — let their voices be heard. Their names initially appear on primary election ballots.
The 2016 GOP Maricopa County and state meetings will be held on consecutive Saturdays in January and Republican delegates are marshaling their forces.
A new effort is being led by former MCRC Chairman A.J. LaFaro, who last week notified elected AZ GOP officers that he had submitted an “Anyone but John McCain” Resolution to state party Chairman Robert Graham. It will be presented to the AZ GOP Resolutions Committee for consideration for inclusion on the Jan 23, 2016 AZ GOP Mandatory meeting agenda for state committeemen consideration.
Frosty Taylor, editor of Republican Briefs, has additional background on this hot topic.
Since the 2014 censure resolutions — McCain, who will be 80 years old by Election Day and is running for his sixth 6-year term after over three decades in office — retaliated against Republican grassroots activists by using his operatives and an Obama donor to orchestrate a purge of these conservative elected officials from the party ranks. The intent was to replace them with low information recruits in an attempt to cleanse the Republican party in advance of his 2016 reelection campaign.
McCain’s offenses against conservatives have been ongoing. He and his liberal senate cohort Carl Levin met with former IRS official Lois Lerner in February 2012 in hopes of having the Internal Revenue Service target Tea Party and other conservative groups for scrutiny.
A committed open borders/amnesty proponent, McCain has partnered with far leftist billionaire George Soros in pushing the invasion of unvetted “refugees,” the latest influx are Syrian Muslims. Some of the Paris terrorists were such “refugees” who entered France via Greece.
Consistent conservative A.J LaFaro is on the right track with his Resolution. We applaud his efforts. The “Anyone but John McCain” effort paints a broad swath. Seeing Red AZ supports Dr. Kelli Ward, an emergency room physician and two term state senator who is gaining steam in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. Ward is the newly announced recipient of this enthusiastic endorsement from the Conservative Campaign Committee (CCC). Breitbart reports the group sent out an email urging PAC supporters to back Ward, a Lake Havasu City conservative, against John McCain.
Other lesser known and untested candidates have thrown their hats into this ring. They will serve to splinter the vote, which only aids McCain.