Martha McSally

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Martha McSally
Martha McSally official portrait cropped 115th congress.jpg
Junior U.S. Senator from Arizona
From: January 3, 2019 − present
Predecessor Jon Kyl
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 2nd District
From: January 3, 2015 − January 3, 2019
Predecessor Ron Barber
Successor Ann Kirkpatrick
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Donald Henry (1997 – 1999)
Religion Protestant[1]
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Service Years 1988 – 2010
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Operation Southern Watch
Operation Allied Force
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Bronze Star

Martha Elizabeth McSally is the conservative interim senator from Arizona and a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona's 2nd district.

Despite being a conservative who has slowly shifted away from the establishment as a U.S. senator, McSally is still a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Military service

McSally graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, later earning a master's degree to proceed in pilot training.[2] She then proceeded to serve in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, being deployed six times, serving for 325 combat hours, and having commanded the 354th Fighter Squadron.

Sexual assault

McSally revealed in March 2019 that she was sexually assaulted in the military by a senior officer.[3]

United States House of Representatives

While a U.S. representative from Arizona's 2nd district, McSally was a member of the Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderate Republicans.

Tenure

McSally voted in February 2015 to approve the Keystone XL.[4]

Rep. McSally has voted in favor of VA accountability.[5]

Mostly pro-life, McSally voted in favor of HR 3134 in September 2015, a measure to defund Planned Parenthood.[6]

McSally voted in June 2017 in favor of federally de-funding sanctuary cities.[7]

Rep. McSally voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in October 2017.[8]

McSally voted in November 2017 to repeal the bureaucratic, Obamacare-established IPAB.[9]

McSally voted in December 2017 for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.[10]

Rep. McSally voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on February 8, 2018.[11]

McSally voted for HR 6136 in June 2018, which would both fund a southern border wall and further immigration “reform”.[12]

Among Rep. McSally's last votes in the U.S. House of Representatives was voting in favor of the First Step Act.[13]

2018 U.S. Senate election in Arizona

See main article: United States Senate election in Arizona, 2018
Then-representative Martha McSally ran for U.S. Senate in 2018, facing a formidable blue wave.

McSally ran for U.S. Senate in 2018 after globalist RINO Jeff Flake announced his retirement,[14] facing a tough election fight in a blue wave year after weak Republican leadership had hurt the party line's candidates for Congress. Running as a moderate, she was backed by the GOP establishment, including Mitch McConnell[15] and later the NRSC.[16] McSally was also backed by McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund super PAC, which released a highly misleading attack ad against her Republican primary opponent Kelli Ward.[17] Republican sheriff Joe Arpaio also ran for the seat.[18]

Despite some conservatives who had backed McSally in her uphill election fight,[19] many distrusted her out of her support from globalists such as Paul Ryan as well as McSally's previous opposition to Donald Trump.[20] Some have even suggested that she was less conservative than Arizona RINOs John McCain and Jeff Flake.[21]

Amidst the Republican primary election, George Soros and his son spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund attack ads against McSally.[22] The group associated with the advertisements was also backed by a super PAC for the Democrat establishment.

McSally, who won the Republican primary with backing by the establishment, lost the general election to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema,[23] a bigoted far-left pacifist who ran as a moderate. The retiring Jeff Flake congratulated Sinema, saying: “You'll be great.”[24]

U.S. Senate

Appointment

After John McCain had passed away, Arizona governor Doug Ducey appointed Jon Kyl as an interim to fill the seat. After Kyl announced that he was retiring, Ducey announced on December 18, 2018 his appointment of McSally to take the position.[25] The latter took office on January 3, 2019.

Tenure

McSally voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.[26]

Major accomplishments

According to the Washington Examiner on March 2, 2020, McSally is tied with Chuck Grassley for having the most number of introduced bills signed into law as well as having authored more legislation in 2019 than any other senator.[27]

Prescription drug price reduction bill

McSally promised on February 19, 2020 at the Trump rally that she would "introduce a bill [in the] next week" to lower prescription drug prices.[10] Less than a week later, she uncovered a proposed bill that would allow the importation of cheaper drugs from Canada to lower drug prices in America, a measure also supported by President Trump.[28] The bill, S.3384, was officially introduced and released on March 3, 2020.[29]

2020 U.S. Senate special election in Arizona

See main article: United States Senate special election in Arizona, 2020
See also: United States Senate elections, 2020

Campaign

As part of her campaign for the upcoming special election in Arizona, McSally started selling shirts calling out "liberal hacks".[30]

On February 12, 2020, McSally released a campaign ad criticizing Mark Kelly for supporting the impeachment coup against Donald Trump.[31]

During Donald Trump's visit to Phoenix, Arizona for a campaign rally on February 19, 2020, McSally made an appearance and received the president's endorsement as a "warrior" and being "tough as hell".[32] In return, McSally spoke in strong support of Trump and against her potential liberal opponent Mark Kelly.

Political views

A fiscal and mostly social conservative with populist leanings,[33] McSally opposes abortion, ObamaCare, and useless stimulus spending. However, despite currently holding strong conservative votes, she previously caved into the moderates during her House tenure up to 2018, opposing same-sex "marriage" only "personally" and voting to extend DACA protections.

On Donald Trump

McSally initially distanced herself from the 2016 Donald Trump campaign, criticizing his proposal to withdraw from NATO and unnecessarily focusing on the Access Hollywood tapes.[34]

However, she later began to ally herself with Trump as the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Arizona approached, focusing on policy over mere talk.[35] That was, as later evident, unable to save her from losing to radical liberal Kyrsten Sinema in normally Republican Arizona (Sinema won by less than 3%),[23] given previous obstructions from RINOs John McCain and Jeff Flake as well as McConnell and Ryan's weak leadership between 2016 and 2018.

Shifting away from the establishment

It was reported by the Washington Examiner in September 2019 that donors for the RINO John McCain were donating to McSally's potential 2020 Democrat opponent Mark Kelly.[36]

Rebuke against Manu Raju

On January 17, 2020, McSally sharply rebuked CNN reporter Manu Raju, who asked the senator if she thinks the Senate should consider new "evidence" for the Trump impeachment trial. McSally called the reporter a "liberal hack" and said that she wasn't going to talk to him.[37] Liberals who expected a politically correct moderate out of McSally were outraged at the senator's assertion of factuality,[38] such as the CNN snowflake Chris “Fredo the Younger” Cuomo.[39] Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh noted that it was a “pleasant surprise”.[40]

Liberal threats

See also: Left-wing violence in the Trump era

In 2018, a Tucson man named Steve Martan made threats to kill McSally through voicemails. Martan was sentenced to 15 months in prison.[41]

References

  1. Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations
  2. Two references:
  3. Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped by Officer While in Air Force
  4. S 1 - A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline - National Key Vote
  5. HR 1994 - VA Accountability Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  6. HR 3134 - Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  7. HR 3003 - No Sanctuary for Criminals Act - National Key Vote
  8. HR 36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - National Key Vote
  9. HR 849 - Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act - National Key Vote
  10. HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - National Key Vote
  11. HR 1892 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 - National Key Vote
  12. HR 6136 - Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 - National Key Vote
  13. S 756 - First Step Act of 2018 - National Key Vote
  14. GOP Sen. Jeff Flake won't seek re-election in 2018
  15. McConnell praises McSally as Senate candidate, despite lack of campaign
  16. Senate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report
  17. Senate Leadership Fund stated on August 22, 2017 in in an ad: Says Kelli Ward hosted a town hall on "chemtrail conspiracy theories" and is open to sponsoring chemtrails legislation.
  18. Joe Arpaio - Ballotpedia
  19. Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward Are Not ‘More Conservative’ Than Martha McSally
  20. Mark Levin Says McSally Refused to Go on His Show, Didn't Want to be Tied to Conservatives - Then Lost to a Marxist
  21. Martha McSally is Worse Than Jeff Flake
  22. George Soros, son funded August attacks on Martha McSally
  23. 23.0 23.1 United States Senate election in Arizona, 2018
  24. Two references:
  25. Two references:
  26. HR 3877 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 - National Key Vote
  27. Buzz: ‘Electability’ a top debate issue, Martha McSally’s bragging rights, change at CFPB
  28. McSally unveils bill to lower drug prices amid tough campaign
  29. Multiple references:
  30. Liberal Hack T-Shirt
  31. Martha McSally - In case...
  32. LIVE: President Trump in Phoenix, AZ
  33. Martha McSally on the Issues
  34. McSally on Trump
  35. The Latest: McSally embraces Trump in Arizona Senate bid
  36. McCain donors flip to Mark Kelly over Republican incumbent in key Arizona Senate race
  37. Senator Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter 'Liberal Hack' After Being Asked About Impeachment | TIME
  38. Martha McSally Is Now A Dangerous Media Critic For Calling A CNN Reporter A ‘Liberal Hack’
  39. CNN's Cuomo on Sen. McSally: I Can't Believe People Would Vote For Her To Fill "McCain's Seat"
  40. Senator McSally Calls Out Liberal CNN Hack
  41. Tucson man gets 15 months in prison for threatening U.S. Rep. Martha McSally

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