What? Recall effort launched against John McCain

Cindy McCain on Saturday accepted the Munich Security Conference’s Ewald von Kleist Award on behalf of her husband, ailing U.S. Sen. John McCain. Former Vice President Joe Biden presented Cindy McCain the award, which recognizes contributions to “international peace and conflict resolution,” stated the Munich conference’s Website.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral

A Libertarian who concedes he was never a supporter in the past is launching a drive to recall John McCain.

Vann Gutier said his current gripe with the state’s senior senator is that he has been absent from Washington now for more than a month while undergoing treatment for a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. He said anyone in the private sector who was away from the job for that long would have been fired.

Gutier needs to gather more than 600,000 signatures in 120 days

But even if he could reach that goal — that’s more than 5,200 signatures a day, not counting a cushion to account for errors, by someone with no financial backing — it may not matter.

“We believe the recall effort is unconstitutional,’’ said state Elections Director Eric Spencer, citing a 2012 report done by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress. But Spencer said his office won’t stop Gutier from pursuing his petition drive based on that conclusion.

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