June 24, 2019 Press Release

McSally Bemoans “The Swamp.” But She’s Part Of The Problem In DC.

Martha McSally Bemoans “The Swamp,” But She’s Part Of The Problem In Washington

The unelected Senator was handpicked by Mitch McConnell after losing the 2018 election, and she’s been putting her corporate special interest backers first in Washington at the expense of Arizonans — it doesn’t get any “swampier” than that

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Martha McSally today tweeted a photo of her aerial approach into Washington, D.C., with a presumably-tongue-in-cheek caption: “Back to the Swamp.” But the truth is, Martha McSally is a major contributor to Washington’s corporate special interest corruption.

Here’s a look at a few of Martha McSally’s top Swamp Moments:

  • Voting — repeatedly — to increase health care costs and gut coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions — Everyone remembers McSally’s infamous “Let’s get this f*****g thing done” moment as she rallied her colleagues to support the AHCA repeal plan. But McSally has been voting to gut coverage protections and increase health care costs for years, and she’s doubling down on those plans ahead of the 2020 election. Today, McSally continues to stand by the GOP suit that aims to fully dismantle federal pre-existing condition coverage protections.
  • Championing Republicans’ tax-cuts-for-billionaires law that’s left working families behind — McSally called the Republican tax law a “must pass” — throwing her political weight behind a bill that was then expected to send 83% of its benefits to powerful corporations and the richest 1% of Americans. As implemented, the law has been a giveaway to McSally’s big donors and corporate special interest backers — and even McSally’s GOP allies now admit that the law will not “trickle down” or “pay for itself,” even as powerful CEOs and corporations pull in record compensation and profits.
  • Losing an election, then being handpicked by Mitch McConnell to join the Senate, anyway — After McSally lost the 2018 Senate election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “leverag[ed] his political power” to get McSally appointed to the Senate, where she replaced a then-former, now-current lobbyist. That’s as “swampy” as it gets.
  • Putting a coal lobbyist in charge of environmental protection — McSally voted to put coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the agency has been “dangerously off the rails” ever since.

The bottom line: Washington isn’t working for Arizonans, and Martha McSally is part of the problem — making things worse in “the Swamp.”