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PRESS RELEASE––John McCain Votes to Give Feds Control of Local Planning and Zoning

PRESS RELEASE––John McCain Votes to Give Feds Control of Local Planning and Zoning

Scottsdale, AZ – Today, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his allies in Congress stopped an attempt by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) from defunding a regulation that would give unprecedented national power to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to rezone neighborhoods according to race.


The new regulation, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," pushed by Housing Secretary Julian Castro, appropriates $3 billion of yearly grants to 1,200 cities and counties for rezoning neighborhoods along income and racial guidelines. This would permit the federal government to rezone local neighborhoods.

"The AFFH is just another in a long line of radical big government power grabs by the Obama administration, and now by John McCain, which is designed to further erode the legitimate constitutional powers of our state and local governments, and continue the growth of the federal government,” said small businessman and U.S. Senate Candidate Alexander Meluskey. “It is a shame that John McCain and others would vote against such a simple, common sense measure as Senator Mike Lee's amendment to preserve our right to determine our own local planning and zoning. It is my hope that Congressman Gosar's efforts in the U.S. House do not meet a similar fate.”

Small businessman, radio host and FAIRtax champion Alex Meluskey is running a grassroots campaign to take on sitting U.S. Senator John McCain in the Arizona Republican Primary in the same vein as now-Congressman Dave Brat’s historic 2014 takedown of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Mr. Meluskey is taking on the establishment in Washington, D.C. and an entrenched 5-term Senator at a time when America needs new ideas to solve our nation’s challenges.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Alex Meluskey, please contact Andrew Shirley at or (703) 739-5920.