Establishment pick for the Arizona Senate bashes the establishment in campaign ad

Martha McSally.
(Image credit: Screenshot/YouTube/Martha McSally)

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) on Friday announced her bid for Sen. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) soon-to-be-vacated seat, throwing herself into what is certain to be heated Republican primary against former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state Sen. Kelli Ward. Despite having the support of "many GOP leaders in Arizona and Washington," The Washington Times writes, McSally is positioning herself "as anything but an establishment candidate." Her first campaign ad, released Friday, goes so far as to brag about the fact that she has "taken the fight to the enemy — and the establishment."

McSally did not endorse President Trump in 2016, but she further aligns herself with the administration by saying, "Like our president, I'm tired of PC politicians and their BS excuses. I'm a fighter pilot, and I talk like one. That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done." McSally additionally includes a video clip of Trump praising her as "tough" and "the real deal."

Trump won Arizona in the 2016 presidential election by a relatively slim margin of 4 points. It isn't yet clear whom he will support in the race: Trump pardoned McSally's primary competitor, Arpaio, last year, and Ward was "an early favorite of now-disgraced former Trump adviser Steve Bannon," The Washington Times writes. Watch McSally's campaign ad below. Jeva Lange

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us