Recall drive targets McCain over Iraq
A new recall drive targets Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a top contender for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
Organizers oppose McCain's continued support of the unpopular Iraq war and consider him complicit in what they perceive as the erosion of American civil liberties associated with the war on terror.
"For the most part, he's been all right, but he's supposed to be representing Arizona, and right now he seems to be just representing himself," said William Crum, treasurer of Americans for Integrity and Justice, the Glendale-based recall committee. "He's got tunnel-vision for the presidency."
The recall application filed Tuesday with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office accuses McCain of "shirking his duties as a senator from the great state of Arizona" and of having "acquiesced in his role as a member of the legislative branch to strongly check the power of the chief executive, who has for all intents and purposes become a king."
"Please, help restore our democracy, recall 'Bloody John McCain,' " the handwritten application says.
McCain's Senate office did not respond to requests for comment. McCain was elected to his fourth Senate term in 2004 and is not up for re-election until 2010.
The recall group faces long odds. It must collect 381,696 valid petition signatures by June 13 to force a statewide vote. That is 25 percent of all votes cast in the 2004 Senate election. Although McCain is a federal officeholder not bound by the Arizona Constitution's recall provisions, he has signed a voluntary pledge on file with the Secretary of State's Office agreeing to resign immediately if defeated in a recall election.
I doubt that they will gather enough signatures, but lets play make believe.
If they do get the sigs and the recall goes forward, McCain has a huge warchest to fight the recall and would likely win. But I don't think things would get that far. His pledge says he would resign if he lost, but I think he or others on his behalf would challenge the validity of the recall on Constitutional grounds. The recall provision does not apply to senators, and that will be the basis of a challenge, that I believe would be successful. McCain could not afford to be fighting a recall while running for President, there is no way he lets this get in his way, he will back such an effort to challenge the recall, though probably under the table. (though I could see some other Republican prez candidate quietly funding the defense of the recall)
Besides, we already know that Mr McCain is not a man of his word. HE still walks this Earth after promising to kill himself if the Democrats took back the senate and house.