The resolution passed by a voice vote at an Arizona
Republican Party meeting of 1,600 committee members at a church
in Tempe, Arizona, said Tim Sifert, a spokesman for the state
"Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to
publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both," the
It went on to reprimand McCain, who has served 27 years in the
Senate, for "a long and terrible record of drafting,
co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with
The resolution condemned McCain's role in helping to craft a
bill that passed the Senate last year that would provide a
pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants,
which the state Republicans called "amnesty."
Among the other complaints against McCain in the resolution were
his support for funding the Affordable Care Act, also known as
Obamacare, and positions he has taken on gun rights.
McCain, 77, who has said he might run for re-election in 2016,
was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives
in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986.
President Barack Obama in 2008 defeated McCain, the Republican's
nominee, in the race for the White House.
The subtitle to a 2002 autobiography McCain co-authored calls
him a "maverick," a moniker also used at the time by 2008 vice
presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, and he has become known for
his willingness to work across party lines.
A representative for McCain could not be reached for comment.
But former Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, also a Republican, told
the Arizona Republic the vote as not representing the will of
"I've gone to dozens of these meetings and every now and then
some wacky resolution gets passed," Kyl told the newspaper.
At the meeting, the state Republican committee members also
voted their support for abolishing a 1913 amendment to the U.S.
Constitution that enshrined direct election of senators by the
public, said a spokesman.
(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles;
writing by Kevin Murphy; editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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