Southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally Running For Senate

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Rep. Martha McSally released a 93-second ad on YouTube to kick off her Senate campaign this morning.

McSally, who has been perceived by those handicapping the race as the Republican establishment's top choice, appears instead to be catering to a more conservative primary electorate. Both candidates join former state Senator Kelli Ward, who has been in the race since October. Martha McSally Shows Off Her Pilot Skills Her action-packed announcement video trades on numerous same themes she used in her House campaigns, stressing her status of the first American female to fly in combat, winning a fight to refuse to don Muslim garb while serving in the Middle East, and as a congresswoman working to protecting funding for the locally produced A-10 fighter jet.

In announcing her bid, McSally told Washington Republicans in a YouTube video to "grow a set of ovaries" and said that she, like Trump, is exhausted of "PC politicians with their BS excuses", referring to political correctness.

The August primary contest is shaping up as the latest election to expose the divisions roiling the Republican Party, pitting the establishment-backed McSally against the bomb-throwing Arpaio.

The 85-year-old Arpaio noted those similarities Wednesday, a day after he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat now held by Republican Jeff Flake, a Trump critic who's not seeking re-election.

Zachery Henry, a Ward spokesman, said members of the campaign don't believe Arpaio would split the GOP vote to the detriment of Ward.

McSally, who has always been expected to run and is the preferred candidate of Senate GOP officials, launched her campaign with a slick 83-second video she posted online.

Moore won the nomination but lost the December election to Democrat Doug Jones after being accused of sexual misconduct with girls as young as 14, costing the Republicans a Senate seat.

The victor of the Republican primary will likely face U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic front-runner. Arpaio was defeated for re-election as sheriff by a Democrat in 2016.

Ward, who has been backed by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, has framed her campaign as an extension of Trump's "America First agenda", although that could be more hard now that Trump is feuding with Bannon.

The Republican field for Arizona Sen. John McCain, has been endorsed by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in her campaign to replace Flake.

Along with Arpaio, Ward and McSally in the race are Craig Brittain and Nicholas Tutura. "I recently made one myself, and I wanted my friends in Tucson to be the first to know". "She can sort of let Arpaio and Ward fight it out for conservatives, and she comes across as conservative but pretty reasonable". "But how do you get that narrative out there in the cacophony that Joe creates when he talks?"

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