Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who voted in favor of the GOP plan to repeal parts of Obamacare last month, suggested Tuesday that Sen. John McCain’s deciding vote against the proposal may have been related to his brain cancer.
“I’m not going to speak for John McCain, you know, he has a brain tumor right now, that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in,” Johnson said on the radio program “Chicago’s Morning Answer.”
The comments immediately raised eyebrows and prompted some rebukes on Twitter Wednesday after they were first reported by CNN. Julie Tarallo, McCain’s communications director, also criticized Johnson’s comments.
“It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend,” Tarallo said in a statement. “Senator McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote.”