And we thought the tea party and Ted Cruz were on the run for daring not to cave in to President Obama’s every demand and allowing the federal government to shut down for 18 days! Didn’t John McCain’s tut-tuts and fellow Minority Leader Mitch McConnell-led establishment Republicans all too vicious and all too public smack-downs forever banish tea partiers from serious influence over party leadership? In a word, no.
Tired of hearing their senior U.S. Senator only focus righteous indignation against fellow Republicans and betrayed by McCain’s reversal of a campaign promise to oppose amnesty until a border fence is completed, the most grassroots of Republicans, precinct committeemen, from McCain’s home base of Phoenix and its Maricopa County delivered their own all too vicious and all too public retort:
The vote to censure McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed.
Arizona’s entire Republican Congressional delegation attended the meeting. U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, (CD-4); Matt Salmon, (CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6) and Trent Franks (CD-8) were warmly received by the committeemen. The Representatives gave rousing speeches that resonated with the PCs. As always, popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted with loud cheers. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake did not attend.
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