TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Cindy McCain, widow of former Arizona Senator John McCain, is facing backlash from the Arizona Republican Party after supporting Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency.
On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 9, the party reported the Maricopa County GOP had voted and passed a resolution to censure McCain for publicly endorsing President-elect Biden, a Democrat.
According to an Associated Press article, the state party leader said “there was a call, a second, and near-unanimous cheering/approval - but resolutions can’t be amended from the floor.”
McCain took to Twitter defending her decision to support Biden saying, “I am a proud lifelong Republican and will continue to support candidates who put country over party and stand for the rule of law.”
John McCain was censured in 2014 by the party for what they saw as an insufficiently conservative voting record. He died in 2018.
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, McCain expressed her disappointment in the country and President Donald Trump when rioters stormed the US Capitol while lawmakers attempted to certify the Nov. 3 election results.
In a Twitter thread, she said quote “This is a sad day for America. It exposes for all to see the reckless selfishness of President Trump and the cynicism of elected Republicans, who defended his unconstitutional effort to cling to power. They have shamed our country, and delighted our enemies. America is better than this. It’s incumbent on all of us to help the new president try to repair the damage this selfish president and his injured pride have done our country and its reputation in the world.”
According to the same AP article, newly elected Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly called the move to censure Cindy McCain “embarrassing and shameful,” adding that she “has always done what she thinks is right for Arizona and our country. That’s something we should all admire, no matter which party we belong to.”