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Sen. McCain's Widow, Arizona Governor Shrug Off GOP Censure

Cindy McCain called the GOP censure a "badge of honor" while Gov. Doug Ducey's spokesman says the vote was of "no consequence whatsoever."
Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 24, 2021

Top Arizona Republican party officials are still upset with lawmakers for not objecting to presidential election results. But their criticisms are being met with yawns from their targets. 

Over the weekend, the Arizona state GOP censured three top leaders of their own party: Governor Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain – the widow of late Sen. John McCain.

The state party organization censured Sen. Flake because he did not object to the electoral votes on January 6, the same day supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. McCain, a businesswoman, was censured for supporting what they called "leftist causes" after endorsing President Joe Biden.

The governor was censured because of COVID-19 restrictions which the party felt were "unconstitutional" and restricted "personal liberties." 

Gov. Ducey's political director said the censure is "no consequence whatsoever" and added that lawmakers who made the decision "have lost whatever little moral authority they may have once had." Flake said he was in good company. And McCain said she considered the censure "a badge of honor." 

Arizona turned blue in the 2020 presidential election, voting for the Democratic candidate for the first time since former President Bill Clinton won the state in 1996.

Contains footage from CNN.