Well known conservative Townhall.com columnist Katie Pavlich, author of the best-selling book exposing the fast and furious affair, tweeted today about possibly challenging Arizona's senior Senator John McCain in the future. Pavlich tweeted “I can run against John McCain in 5 years, semi-seriously considering it.” McCain was last reelected as senator during the 2010 election, after he defeated former Congressman J. D. Hayworth in the primary and Democrat Rodney Glassman in the general election.
The Constitution requires a candidate be 30 years of age to serve as a United States Senator. Reportedly Pavlich will not be 30 in time to be elected in 2016 and it has been suggested a candidacy in 2022 for the seat currently held by McCain would be in order.
An article on Twitchy.com reporting about the Pavlich tweet said, “Many conservatives have had just about enough of GOP dinosaur John McCain. Townhall.com columnist and best-selling author Katie Pavlich is one of them. Today, Pavlich, who grew up in Arizona, tweeted that she is “semi-seriously considering” challenging McCain in a future U.S. Senate race.”
Senator McCain has made a number of statements and actions over the years that have caused him to gain considerable opposition among the more conservative factions of the Republican Party. One was his comment a couple years ago calling Tea Party members the derogitory term “hobbits.”
Senator McCain sponsored the McCain-Feingold campaign reform legislation that limited the use of “soft money” in campaigns and lead to the creation of the independent “527” committees that have raised and spent billions in advertisement in political campaigns. This legislation was opposed by most conservatives and many Republicans before it was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Since then it was partially struck down by the Supreme Court.
Because of his moderate voting record, McCain was challenged in the primary in 2010 by former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. If he seeks reelection in 2016, it is expected by many political observers that McCain will likely face a primary challenge again. Senator McCain will turn 77 years old on August 29 later this year. He would be 80 years old in 2016 and would perhaps seek reelection in 2022 at the age of 86 years old if he is to face a possibly future primary challenge from Pavlich.
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