Arizona county's Republican committee debates censuring Cindy McCain

An Arizona county’s Republican committee considered censuring Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party MORE (R-Ariz.), according to multiple reports.

The Maricopa County Republican Committee debated a measure that would censure Cindy McCain on Saturday, the Arizona Republic reported, citing her support for causes such as gay marriage, larger government and "others that run counter to Republican values." 

The effort was part of a resolution to censure Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE, which passed the committee, but the measure ultimately did not include a vote to censure McCain because the rules did not allow for a resolution to be amended.


Members of the McCain family, including John McCain, Cindy McCain and their daughter Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Sinema goes viral for wearing 'Dangerous Creature' sweater on Senate floor Meghan McCain calls for Biden to remove Fauci MORE, have been critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE. John McCain also faced the ire of the president before he died from brain cancer in 2018. 

Cindy McCain publicly supported Biden’s presidential bid and also serves on his transition advisory board. Flake also endorsed Biden in his run. Biden won Arizona in the 2020 election, becoming the first Democrat to carry the state since 1996.

The Arizona Republican Party said on Twitter it had stated that the county committee had voted on a resolution to censure McCain but that the state party would take up the effort at its Jan. 23 meeting.


The censure effort comes after the Arizona GOP suffered losses in what was considered a conservative state in the last two election cycles.

Aside from Biden's victory, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Mark KellyMark KellyKoch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden's HHS pick On The Trail: Trump threatens a Tea Party redux MORE (D) both prevailed in the 2018 midterms and 2020, respectively. Their wins gave Democrats control of both Senate seats for the first time in almost 70 years.

In response to the censure, McCain said on Twitter, “I am a proud lifelong Republican and will continue to support candidates who put country over party and stand for the rule of law.”


An earlier version of this report relied on incorrect information that the committee had voted on a censure that included McCain. It has been updated Sunday.