Due to Senator John McCain’s condition, Republican senatorial Dr. Kelli Ward intends to run against Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and asked McCain to step down.
“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” his office said in a statement.
It has not been a day since the report about McCain’s diagnosis; glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, broke out that she made the shocking remark.
“I hope that Senator McCain is going to look long and hard at this, that his family and his advisers are going to look at this, and they’re going to advise him to step away as quickly as possible, so that the business of the country and the business of Arizona being represented at the federal level can move forward,” she told Indiana radio station WOWO host Pat Miller, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Ward, who previously tried to oust McCain from office during the 2016 Republican primary election, added that President Donald Trump cannot move forward with his agenda if Congress remains “at a standstill while we wait for John McCain to determine what he’s going to do.”
While her words may seem cruel and harsh to some, did she perhaps have a point? It depends.
Were McCain to resign, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would appoint an interim senator, and since Ducey is a Republican, and “Arizona law requires that the replacement be of the same political party as the departing senator,” according to National Review, the replacement would no doubt be a Republican.
The Arizona senator and chairman of the Armed Services Committee had been recovering at his Arizona home. His absence had forced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay action on health care legislation.
Here’s the problem: If that happens, there would need to be a special Senate election in 2018, and it’s perfectly possible that a Democrat might win that election. Were McCain to remain in office, on the other hand, the GOP would be set til 2022, when his term expires.
But there’s another problem as well. Dealing with cancer will no doubt tap the senator’s strength and time, reducing his ability to assist his peers in pushing forth the president’s agenda.
In a statement, Mr McConnell said: “John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterised his life.
“The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well.”
Her daughter Meghan McCain said the family were in “shock” at the news as she released a touching tribute to her father.
“It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm in my father,” she said.
“He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.
“He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father’s and grandfather’s name. But to me he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero – my Dad.”
I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017
Ultimately, the decision on whether to remain in office lies with McCain and his family, and nobody else. And given both this man’s extensive congressional experience and his prior military service, the American people owe it to him to respect whatever decision he chooses.
Sources: Conservative Tribune
Photo Credit: Twitter/John McCain
Video Credit: Washington Post