Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor

Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor

Arizona
Republicans
voted
Saturday
to
censure

Cindy
McCain
and
two
prominent
GOP
members
who
have
found
themselves
crosswise
with
former
President

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.


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MCCAIN
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Party
activists
also
reelected
controversial
Chairwoman
Kelli
Ward,
who
has
been
one
of
Trump’s
most
unflinching
supporters
and
among
the
most
prolific
promoters
of
his
baseless
allegations
of
election
fraud.

The
Arizona
GOP’s
combative
focus
has
delighted
Trump’s
staunchest
supporters
and
worried
Republican
insiders
who
have
watched
the
party
lose
ground
in
the
suburbs
as
the
influence
of
its
traditional
conservative
establishment
has
faded
in
favor
of
Trump.
A
growing
electorate
of
young
Latinos
and
newcomers
bringing
their
more
liberal
politics
from
back
home
have
further
hurt
the
GOP.

“This
is
a
time
for
choosing
for
Republicans.
Are
we
going
to
be
the
conservative
party?”
said
Kirk
Adams,
a
former
state
House
speaker
and
chief
of
staff
to
Ducey.
“Or
is
this
a
party

that’s
loyal
to
a
single
person?”

It’s
a
question
of
Republican
identity
that
party
officials
and
activists
are
facing
across
the
country
following
Trump’s
2020
loss,
and
particularly
after
a
mob
of
his
supporters
laid
siege
on
the
U.S.
Capitol
on
Jan.
6.

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
everywhere
in
the
image
of
the
former
president.

Ward
has
relentlessly

but
unsuccessfully

sued
to
overturn
the
election
results.
The
party
has
used
its
social
media
accounts
to
urge
followers
to
fight
and
perhaps
even
to
die
in
support
of
Trump’s
false
claims
of
victory.
Two
of
the
state’s
four
Republican
congressmen
are
accused
of
playing
a
role
in
organizing
the
Jan.
6
rally
that
turned
violent.

After
dominating
Arizona
politics
for
decades,
Republicans
now
find
themselves
on
their
heels
in
the
state’s
highest
offices.
President
Joe
Biden
narrowly
eked
out
a
victory
here,
becoming
just
the
second
Democrat
in
more
than
five
decades
to
win
the
state.
Consecutive
victories
in
2018
and
2020
gave
Democrats
control
of
both
U.S.
Senate
seats
for
the
first
time
in
nearly
70
years.

Ward,
a
physician
and
former
state
legislator
who
lost
two
Republican
primaries
for
the
U.S.
Senate,
defeated
three
challengers
to
win
a
second
term.

In
a
brief
interview,
Ward
acknowledged
“disappointment
at
the
top
of
the
ticket”
but
said
she
and
many
other
Republicans
still
question
the
results
showing
victories
for
Biden
and
Democratic
Sen.
Mark
Kelly.
Judges
have
rejected
eight
lawsuits
challenging
Arizona’s
election
results.

Ward
pointed
to
GOP
successes
down
the
ballot,
noting
Republicans
defied
expectations
in
local
races.

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Ward
said
she’s
a
“Trump
Republican”
who
will
“always
put
America
first,
who
believes
in
faith,
family
and
freedom.”
The
way
forward
for
the
GOP,
she
said,
is
keeping
Trump’s
74
million
voters
engaged.

“Yes,
I
will
be
radical
about
those
things
because
those
are
the
things
that
keep
this
country
great,”
Ward
said.
“The
people
who
are
complaining
are
the
people
who
actually
put
us
in
this
spot
where
we
are
in
Arizona,
people
who
have
been
mamby
pamby,
lie
down
and
allow
the
Democrats
to
walk
all
over
them.”

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