Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

McSally makes it official: She's in Senate race

McSally makes it official: She's in Senate race

Martha McSally (R) will announce Friday that she's running for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen.

McSally enters a crowded Republican midterm primary, to be held in August, that includes the self-described "America's toughest sheriff" Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by Trump after he was convicted of ignoring a federal judge's order related to racial profiling; and former state Sen. Kelli Ward, an outspoken advocate who was an early favorite of now-disgraced former adviser Steve Bannon. McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and the first female fighter pilot to fly a combat mission, will fly herself across Arizona Friday in a World War II fighter plane to personally announce her candidacy.

"Here's the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I'm not willing to take, and that I can't in good conscience take", Flake told The Arizona Republic in a telephone interview.

Rep. Martha McSally speaks at a rally, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz.

"I'm a fighter pilot and I talk like one", she says.

The video features a snippet of President Trump praising McSally in a Rose Garden ceremony, and McSally mentioning that, like the president, she's exhausted of politically correct politicians and their "B.S." excuses.

"As a member of the wildly unpopular Republican Congress, Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate Rep. McSally has spent her career as a reliable vote for corporate special interests and Wall Street, not Arizona families", J.B. Poersch, the organization's president, said in a statement.

McSally's Senate bid had been widely anticipated from nearly the moment U.S. Sen.

But in a sign of how thoroughly Trump now dominates her party, McSally has been snuggling up to the 45th president in preparation for her Senate run.

But avoids her Republican opponents altogether in her announcement video, focusing instead on her military service while adding a jab at Sharia law - a reference to her fight against a military policy that required female soldiers in some Muslim-majority countries to wear robes over their service uniforms. Over the past month, McSally has sent out photos of herself with the president and with first daughter Ivanka Trump.... If elected, McSally said she'd be Trump's wingman in the Senate. "After eight years of fighting, I won my battle for the religious freedom of American servicewomen".

The victor of the Republican primary will likely face U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic front-runner. Ward's campaign has called McSally "Jeff Flake 2.0" and noted that McSally refused to endorse Trump a year ago. Some Republicans privately worry that a potentially divisive, lengthy campaign could leave the eventual GOP nominee politically bruised and make it more hard for that person to reach out to centrist voters in the general election.

"She's the real deal", Trump says.

The Arizona Democratic Party highlighted what spokesman Drew Anderson called a "long, brutal and expensive" Republican civil war.

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