Arizona G.O.P. Censures Three Top Members Criticized by Trump Loyalists – By Hank Stephenson and Jennifer Medina (The New York Times) / January 24 2021
PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans issued rebukes to three of the party’s most prominent figures on Saturday, approving resolutions to censure Gov. Doug Ducey, former Senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain.
© Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain, endorsed Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the 2020 presidential election and was rebuked by Arizona Republicans on Saturday.
Though largely symbolic, the political scolding during a meeting of the state G.O.P. on Saturday underscored a widening rift in Arizona between party officials who have made clear that their loyalty lies with former President Donald J. Trump and those in the party who refused to support him or his effort to overturn the election results in Arizona, which President Joseph R. Biden Jr. won.
© Pool photo by Ross D. Franklin Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona certified the state’s election results in November.
And, well beyond Arizona, the rift reflects the stark divisions in the Republican Party nationally in the wake of Mr. Trump’s tumultuous departure from office.