In Arizona, Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally announced her campaign for U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake on Friday, according to a report from AP. The 51-year-old McSally will compete with none other than former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 85, an immigration hard-liner with legendary status in the state, and pro-Trump former State Senator Kelli Ward, both of whom will try to paint McSally tough on talk but weak on delivery.
McSally, who has always been expected to run and is the preferred candidate of Senate GOP officials, launched her campaign with a slick 83-second video she posted online.
"After taking on terrorists in combat, the liberals in the Senate won't scare me one bit", McSally said in the video released hours before she piloted herself to campaign events across the state in a World War Two-era plane.
"That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done", McSally added.
The retired U.S. Air Force colonel flew A-10 Warthogs in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star. "He's one of the most honorable men I've ever known".
"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", she says straight into the camera. She wasn't done though, also explicitly tying herself to Trump.
Flake, who did not support Trump throughout his 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to disagree with the president on just about every issue announced Tuesday that he is not willing to take the path necessary to winning a republican nomination.
"As a member of the wildly unpopular Republican Congress, Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate Rep. McSally has spent her career as a reliable vote for corporate special interests and Wall Street, not Arizona families", J.B. Poersch, the organization's president, said in a statement.
Trump, an ally of Arpaio's, is shown in McSally's video calling McSally his friend.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said Friday that Republicans are already in better shape than Democrats in Rep. Martha McSally's competitive district even without an incumbent.
"I speak a little salty behind closed doors at times as well, so I'm not going to throw the first stone on using any language", McSally said after facing dozens of supporters inside a Tucson airport hangar. After 8 years of fighting, I won my battle for the religious freedom of American service women. Her primary challengers include state Sen.
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who represents Congressional District 9, has also entered the race on the Democratic side, bringing with her a well-funded campaign.
"She's the real deal", Trump says.
Nowicki is The Republic's national political reporter.
"The Arizona Republican primary will be nasty, expensive and very long". John McCain's memorable - some might say notorious - 2010 television commercial in which the veteran Arizona Republican promises to "Complete the danged fence", McSally is seen walking along a fence while her voiceover promises to secure the border.