Rep. Martha McSally Finds Her Inner Trump

Rep. Martha McSally Finds Her Inner Trump

Jeff Flake's Senate continues to grow as Rep. Martha McSally has officially joined the race.

The Republican congresswoman hopes to come out on top in a crowded field of candidates to fill the seat being vacated by Sen.

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", McSally said in her hard-hitting announcement video, released Friday, that also highlighted her career as an Air Force fighter pilot and her eight-year fight to end a military policy requiring female soldiers in certain Muslim-majority countries to wear robes over their military uniforms. "I recently made one myself, and I wanted my friends in Tucson to be the first to know". "That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done".

McSally, an Air Force Academy graduate and the first U.S. woman to fly combat missions in enemy territory, lost two bids for the House before narrowly defeating former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber for the seat in 2014. A third candidate in the Republican primary is former State Senator Kelli Ward, an avid Trump supporter who has advocated for one of the president's campaign promises - a border wall with Mexico.

"McSally never endorsed Trump in 2016, and she called his comments about sexual assault "disgusting" and 'unacceptable.' McSally was also caught on tape this summer telling donors that Trump's behavior and Twitter habit made her life more hard". "Now, I am running for the Senate to fight the fights that must be won - on national security, economic security and border security".

McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, will fly herself across the state announcing her candidacy in Prescott, Phoenix, and Tucson. Ward unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Arizona Senator John McCain in 2016.

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"Martha McSally is Jeff Flake 2.0 and part of the Washington establishment that has failed Arizona for years", said Ward campaign chair Ed Rollins.

Several Republican political consultants said Arpaio's prolific fundraising and strong name recognition could marginalize Ward's campaign, which has targeted the same bloc of Trump voters.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee may have tipped its hand Friday on which candidate it favors, name-dropping Kirkpatrick in a tweet reacting to McSally's announcement. The primary also includes former state Sen.

And she concludes with a declaration that "after taking on terrorists in combat, I'm not afraid of the liberals in the Senate". She was re-elected in 2016.

Whoever wins the race is expected to face Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who has the backing of many national Democrats and has over $5.1 million in her campaign war chest, according to a release from her campaign sent out Thursday.

The Arizona Democratic Party highlighted what spokesman Drew Anderson called a "long, brutal and expensive" Republican civil war. She's a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, the political home for moderately conservative officeholders.

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