PHOENIX – For two weeks, Mitch McConnell’s Martha McSally wanted everyone to know about her U.S. Senate campaign, except Arizonans. But by spilling the beans to the Washington establishment and national media ahead of Arizonans, McSally has been panned by local media and has some wondering if she was “ready for prime time” all together.
Further, Arizona Republicans have been in no rush to support Martha McSally and her “secret” U.S. Senate campaign either. U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and Congressman Paul Gosar have all given public statements that were lukewarm at best.
All this while Martha McSally has enthusiastically supported policies to yank health insurance and eliminate crucial tax credits, such as the mortgage interest deduction, away from hardworking Arizonans. McSally’s “secret” campaign has already started off on the wrong foot.
12 News: “HERSTAM: I think there's a serious question about whether McSally is ready for prime time yet. I mean this was sort of pathetic.”
Arizona Republic: “Congresswoman Martha McSally sidestepped questions about her political aspirations on Friday after a week of dropping hints that she plans to run for Arizona’s open Senate seat.” […]
“She was no more forthcoming after the event at sheet-metal manufacturer Anewco, darting away without taking questions from reporters.” […}
“If McSally's non-answer seemed to lack suspense, McSally had only herself to blame.” […]
“But a McSally Senate run hardly guarantees GOP success. She is trailing Ward in early polling since Flake’s retirement announcement...” […]
“McSally has battled low approval marks in her district, especially after she voted for the unpopular GOP health care bill in May.” […]
“Visits by agency heads like McMahon are rare in Tucson and this one carried heavy political overtones for someone who may be looking to convince Republican primary voters that she is supportive of the Trump administration.”
Arizona Daily Star: McSally won't discuss Senate plans”
“Friday marks the second day in a row that McSally made herself available to talk to the press, but sidestepped questions about running for the Senate.”
“On Thursday, McSally corrected Fox News host Neil Cavuto, saying her plan to run for Senate ‘is not announced yet.’”
Tweet by Joe Ferguson: Sorry Twitterverse, I was on FB live during the @RepMcSally and Linda McMahon presser. As we were told, McSally refused to talk about her #AZSen plans, noting since it was official stop, she couldn’t talk politics. #AZ02
Associated Press: Arizona Rep. McSally Dodges Press on Possible Senate Run
Arizona Public Media: McSally in Tucson Won't Comment on Senate Race