Roberts: Martha McSally is the big elephant in Arizona's Senate race

Friday, 10 November 2017, 02:28:22 AM. Already, the knives are out for Martha McSally. There's a reason for that.
Laurie Roberts: Already, the knives are out for Martha McSally. There's a reason for that. This morning, I envision Kelli Ward grinding her molars into dust and Kyrsten Sinema wondering how she got snookered into giving up a safe seat in Congress. Rep. Martha McSally’s entry into the Senate race changes everything. She’s a retired Air Force colonel -- the first woman to fly combat missions, the first to command a fighter squadron. She represents a swing district in Congress yet has been President Donald Trump’s most reliable vote in Arizona’s delegation, according to FiveThirtyEight. She’s a fundraising machine and has shown herself willing to work across the political aisle. In other words, her entry into the Senate race just threw a major curve into the script of next year’s Senate race.   McSally hasn’t even formally announced her candidacy and already the knives are out. A coalition of conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and Tea Party Patriots, issued a joint statement last week branding McSally a liberal who “cower(s) to special interests and the ways of Washington.” Steve Bannon's Great America Alliance is already out with anti-McSally website, AmnestyMartha.com, attempting to paint her as a member of the open borders crowd. I imagine that has less to do with McSally's actions on immigration and more to do with the fact that she's standing in the way of Bannon's candidate, Ward. In a head-to-head race, McSally would roll over Ward, a Cliven...Read more
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