Skip to comments.Martha McSally is Worse Than Jeff Flake
Posted on 02/05/2018 5:48:35 AM PST by Kaslin
Arizonas Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has announced hes not running for reelection, so several candidates have jumped into the open race to replace him. There are currently three frontrunners. GOP Rep. Martha McSally, a combat pilot who served in the U.S. Air Force, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and former Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward. Ward made a name for herself launching an unsuccessful conservative challenge to Sen. John McCain in 2016.
McSally is the darling of the GOP establishment. She was elected to Congress in 2014, representing a swing district seat formerly held by Gabrielle Giffords. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recruited McSally last year as one of several moderates to run for the Senate. We are going to be supporting people who can actually win, he said in his year-end news conference critical of conservative candidates. But we have got some great candidates out there and you're familiar with them, Martha McSally His Senate Leadership Fund super PAC intends to spend considerable money supporting her run.
McSally is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate Republicans in Congress. McCain is also a member. Her voting record is less conservative than both Flake and McCain. The Heritage Foundation rated her 61 percent this session. They rated Flake 88 percent and McCain 66 percent. The American Conservative Union gives her a lifetime rating of 66 percent. Flake has a lifetime rating of 93 percent and McCain has 81 percent. FreedomWorks gave her a lifetime score of 60 percent. It rated Flake 93 percent and McCain 69 percent. Mark Levins Conservative Review gives all three of them an F.
McSally did not endorse President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. She supports DACA. In 2015, she voted against an amendment to a spending bill that would have ended DACA. In 2017, she sent a letter along with nine other members of Congress to Speaker Paul Ryan, asking him to find a legislative solution to DACA.
Three leading conservative organizations oppose her; the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks.
Conservatives have complained about McCains moderate record for years. Recently, theyve been highly critical of Flake too. Why would they elect someone who will be even more frustrating? McSally would be better off serving Arizona in the House, being in a difficult swing district for the GOP to maintain ahold of.
McSally is a strong fundraiser so will be a formidable candidate. Polls show she has a reasonable chance at winning the Republican nomination since Arpaio and Ward are splitting the conservative vote. After Arpaio joined the race, Ward dropped to 19 percent in the latest poll. Arpaio came in at 22 percent and McSally at nearly 31 percent.
If Trump makes an endorsement, it will make a significant difference. There is a small chance Trump might endorse McSally. He backed Luther Strange over the more conservative Roy Moore in Alabamas Senate race, believing Strange was more electable in the general election. The winner of Arizonas Senate primary will face a formidable challenger in the general. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is a relentless campaigner who has positioned herself as a moderate in recent years. There is a concern that Ward is not well-known enough to defeat Sinema. However, at least one poll shows Ward defeating Sinema in the general. Arpaio has been attacked so much through the legal system that there is concern baggage will hurt him in the general.
But Arizona is still a fairly red state. The GOP controls both houses of the state legislature, all 11 statewide offices, both U.S. Senate seats and four of the eight U.S. House seats. This past year, Guns & Ammo ranked it the No. 1 state in the country for Second Amendment-friendly laws. Americans United for Life ranked the state No. 1 for pro-life laws.
People are tired of lukewarm GOP Senators McCain and Flake. It will come out during the general that Sinema once received the Vladimir I. Lenin award from the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers for being the most far left member of the state legislature. A real conservative can defeat her. Its not necessary to settle for a Republican to the left of McCain and Flake.
I am sorry she chose this road. I know Martha and really can’t believe how the corrupt DC environment has changed this once gallant airman. Swampers.
Exactly what I’ve warned folks about. She may not openly vocalize and act as treasonous as Flake, but her voting record IS to his left. Unfortunately, as long as Sheriff Arpaio insists on remaining in the Senate race, he will hand this RINO the nomination instead of Kelli Ward, the real Conservative here.
Her voting record sucked from the moment she arrived in DC.
I tend to agree....Arpaio is there just to subdivide votes and ensure McSalley wins in the end. Without him...Kelli Ward might have still a chance to win.
This is stacking up like the Alabama Senate election from 2017.
Sheriff Joe really needs to get out of this and let Kelli challenge the shameless McCain clone alone
Is McConnell at it again?
I never understood what he was doing in the race. How many terms can he serve even if he wins? His 2 cents are best rendered with an endorsement of the candidate most like him. We have seen a side of Arpaio - an ego unconstrained by a concern for the greater good - that is very unflattering to him.
Agree. And, I LOVE Sheriff Joe....just not as an AZ Senate candidate.
I told him this (replied to email), as a long time supporter, in a recent Senate fundraising email received from Joe. I suggested he kindly step aside, on this race.
Especially if the NRSC runs ads smearing Kelli Ward. The GOP shouldn't spend any of their money on primaries picking GOP candidates, but instead use their war chest to defeat Dems.
Inane argument, comparing a Republican from a swing district (Giffords) with Republican Senators from Arizona ...
I am a supporter of Ward, but we have a problem now with Joe. Kelli Ward is now in THIRD because he split the vote with her. McSally is in first, and I highly doubt Joe could win a statewide race. He’s in his late 80s - why is he doing this?
Get out of the race, Joe. Get out of the race now and support Kelli Ward 100%. We can’t have yet another Flake/McCainiac in the Senate selling our out country.
Why is Joe doing this ? Ego, perhaps. He probably feels at his age he has nothing to lose. Unfortunately, the cost will be considerable here splitting the anti-RINO vote. This isn’t the first time he’s done something very stupid politically. He endorsed Butch Napolitano for Governor at one point.
Just to put a fly in the ointment, but didnt I read/hear that McSally has voted 97% with Trump, since his election?
Trying to throw another seat eh...McSally is NOT worst than Flake. Do you see her on TV everyday trashing Trump?
The A-10 pilots I’ve known who knew McSally had nothing good to say about her. Not one.
Her lawsuit against the DoD was repulsive. “At the time of the lawsuit McSally, as a Major (O-4), was the highest ranking female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her suit alleged “the regulations required her to send the message that she believes women are subservient to men.” - Wiki
No, it sent a signal that we were not in Saudi Arabia to change Saudi, and that her superiors were serious about protecting their people. It also highlighted how, as a woman, she received very special treatment in the military, since male peons flying there never got a chance to LEAVE the base at all.
I wish Arpaio would exit and toss his support to Kelli Ward.
Joe is in it for one reason. He needs the campaign money to retire debts he ran up defending himself against the slime.
Joe isnt the complete angel a lot of people think he is.
This is AZ politics. Good ol back slapping boys.
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