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Politics Arizona GOP censures Flake, Ducey and McCain, signaling a fractured party in a key swing state

06:15  24 january  2021
06:15  24 january  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake

  Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake The Arizona GOP is expected to vote to censure Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain (R), and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R) after both supported President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. The party first disclosed its "Censure McCain" resolution last Sunday after it was mistakenly reported that the Maricopa County Republican Party voted to censure her. The county-level party only discussed censuring Cindy McCain but did vote to censure Flake. The effort to censure the two big names in Arizona GOP politics is the latest in a long-standing rift between the grassroots wing of the Arizona GOP and other Republicans. Sen.

The Arizona Republican Party sent a clear signal Saturday that its leadership remains loyal to former Doug Ducey , former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain , all of whom opposed Trump's efforts to Biden flipped Arizona last fall -- the first time a Democrat has carried the state in a presidential

The Arizona Republican Party , in an anticipated move Saturday, approved resolutions censuring Gov. Doug Ducey (R), former GOP Sen. Following the party ’s vote Sunday, Flake tweeted a photo of himself posing with McCain and Ducey at Biden’s inauguration this week, along with the caption

The Arizona Republican Party sent a clear signal Saturday that its leadership remains loyal to former President Donald Trump when it voted to publicly punish Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, all of whom opposed Trump's efforts to overturn President Joe Biden's victory, or in the case of Flake and McCain, endorsed the Democrat before the election.

a close up of Cindy McCain: Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain is pictured on September 2018. © Christian Petersen/Getty Images Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain is pictured on September 2018.

The decision to censure those three Republicans -- in addition to re-electing controversial chairwoman Kelli Ward -- solidified the rightward shift of the official party, while also reflecting the deep fractures among Arizona Republicans over the future of the GOP, which suffered bruising defeats at the ballot box in 2020 in this increasingly purple state.

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Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP members who have found themselves crosswise with former Nowhere is the question more acute than Arizona , where the state GOP ’s unflinching loyalty to Trump stands out even in a party that’s been remade

PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves crosswise Nowhere is the question more acute than Arizona , where the state GOP ’s unflinching loyalty to Trump stands out even in a party that’s been remade

Biden flipped Arizona last fall -- the first time a Democrat has carried the state in a presidential election since Bill Clinton won the state in 1996 -- and Democrat Mark Kelly defeated Martha McSally in the US Senate race, just two years after McSally lost the state's other Senate seat to a Democrat.

The three Republicans are being formally censured for what the state party described in its meeting as a variety of "failures."

The party censured Ducey for imposing emergency rules as Covid-19 gripped Arizona, saying those emergency orders to contain the virus violated the Constitution and amounted to the governor enacting "dictatorial powers."

McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, who endorsed Biden during the election, was censured for supporting "leftist causes" and failing to support Trump.

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The county GOP did censure former Sen. Jeff Flake , who did not seek a second term in 2018 and Such censure is a statement of disapproval from the party 's conservative base activists and would have While Cindy McCain endorsed Biden for president, she said in an interview with The Arizona

The Arizona Republican Party is confronting its future this weekend after losing a second Senate seat and the She oversees grassroots organizing in a suburban area of Phoenix that has epitomized the GOP ’s John McCain was censured by the state GOP in 2014 and went on to comfortably win a

Flake, a CNN contributor, was also condemned for supporting Biden in the election.

"Foolish. It's foolish," says Glenn Hamer, former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. "Parties that want to be successful bring people together and expand the number of people who are attracted to the party. What's going on with the leadership at the AZ GOP is the exact opposite. It's self-destructive."

Kirk Wagar, a former state representative and adviser to Ducey, called the actions akin to going down "the rabbit hole of loyalty."

"What we're getting is a purity test, and that purity test is simple: are you loyal to Donald Trump no matter what? If you're not, we'll censure you."

Ward appeared publicly unconcerned about any warnings from moderates, as she spoke to the assembled Arizona Republicans at the Dream City Church in Phoenix. The venue was closed to nearly all reporters, except for a few hand-selected outlets.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey , a Republican, will name a Sen. John McCain 's replacement following the An aide to Ducey said in a statement to CBS News on Sunday that the governor would name a Martha McSally, former state senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Both parties intervene in lawsuit. The state 's director of elections, Bo Dul, responded in a letter Thursday on behalf of Arizona 's secretary of state expressing hope the attorney general "will cease perpetuating a conspiracy theory that undermines the hard work of Arizona 's election administrators

Ward ended her speech ahead of the member vote for party chairwoman with, "Make America Great Again!" She then introduced a recorded audio message from Trump, where the former President told members, "I give her my complete and total endorsement."

Ward defeated her challenger by 3 points in two rounds of voting.

Ducey's political director, Sara Mueller, discounted the power of the state party's actions, namely on the censure of the sitting governor. "These resolutions are of no consequence whatsoever, and the people behind them have lost whatever little moral authority they may have once had," said Mueller.

Flake tweeted a picture of himself with McCain and Ducey at Biden's Inauguration, with the words, "Good company."

McCain could not be reached for immediate comment, but tweeted: "It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well...and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP. I'll wear this as a badge of honor."

The late senator was censured in 2014 by the state GOP for what it then described as a liberal record.

Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor

  Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor The votes demonstrate the party leadership's loyalty to Donald Trump.The censures of Sen. John McCain’s widow, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey are merely symbolic. But they show the party’s foot soldiers are focused on enforcing loyalty to Trump, even in the wake of an election that saw Arizona inch away from its staunchly Republican roots.

The immediate actions would seem to carry little impact on the three Republicans. And there are signs that some Arizona GOP voters may be disgruntled after the US Capitol insurrection. Numbers compiled by the Arizona Secretary of State's office show that from January 6 through January 20, more than 8,000 Republicans requested to change their party registration from Republican to Independent, Democrat or Libertarian. The Secretary of State's Office doesn't explicitly track party changes for reporting purposes, so it's unclear if these trends are unique to this post-election cycle.

But Wagar sees those registration numbers as a blaring siren that Trumpism has wreaked havoc on the future of this increasingly competitive state for the Republican brand.

"A lot of Republicans inside the official AZ GOP apparatus have left their conservative principals behind. They're now loyal to a single man or personality versus a platform of ideas," Wagar said. "Perhaps this fever will break. But if it doesn't, it spells bad news for Republicans seeking office in this state."

The national GOP is broken. State GOPs might be even worse. .
In the past week, extreme moves by Republicans in Oregon, Arizona, and Hawaii all point to a discouraging conclusion: The post-Trump GOP shows no signs of reforming.The evidence from the past few weeks has not been promising. But one of the most disturbing signs — and one of the most underappreciated — has been the wild behavior of certain state-level Republican parties in recent days.

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