In an unprecedented move, the Arizona Republican Party in Tempe voted today to censure their longtime United States Senator and former Presidential candidate, John McCain, for being "insufficiently conservative." The voice vote resolution mainly was in response to McCain's votes on immigration and federal health care legislation, according to ABC News, Jan. 26, 2014. The resolution, which needed at least 20 of the members to reach a floor vote, was seen as "wacky" and not representative of the majority of Republicans in Arizona, according to former Arizona United States Senator Jon Kyl.
McCain will be 80 in 2016 but he, nevertheless, has said that another run for the Senate is a possibility. According to Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative Chairman for District 30, McCain is losing favor among conservatives within his own party and must take steps to demonstrate that he is in accord with their views.
At least some Democrats in Arizona do not agree with their Republican rivals regarding McCain's record. Fred Du Val, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, criticized the censure describing it as an:
"outrageous response to the good work Sen. McCain did crafting a reasonable solution to fix our broken immigration system."