The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced their endorsement of Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and CD2 candidate Martha McSally in Arizona’s congressional races. The choices reveal which candidates will support corporate welfare.
The Chamber, comprised of large corporations, is targeting Sinema’s Republican challenger Wendy Rogers, and McSally Democrat opponent, Congressman Ron Barber, who have both been small business owners.
Barber’s campaign responded to the false attack ads by the Chamber. “Ron will always put the needs of Southern Arizona ahead of Washington–that’s why he has the second most independent voting record of any candidate for Congress,” said Ashley Nash-Hahn, spokeswoman for Ron Barber for Congress. “While Martha McSally takes campaign cash and direct orders from Washington, Ron stood up to the President and party leadership to get things done for Southern Arizona. He fought the establishment in Washington to save the A-10, protect Medicare benefits and end the government shutdown. Southern Arizonans support Ron’s work to put solutions ahead of politics, including more than 100 Southern Arizona Republicans who endorsed him last week.”
McSally was hand-picked by the GOP establishment, and flew into Arizona from Germany to announce her intention to run for Congress almost immediately after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords announced her retirement. McSally has now lost to Barber twice, in has many congressional runs.
Last week, Barber invited McSally to debate. McSally had been unwilling to debate her challengers in the Republican Primary, and in response to Barber’s invitation McSally launched a misinformation campaign implying that Barber was not accepting her debate invitation.
“As someone who grew up in Southern Arizona, I know that our community demands an honest and rigorous debate on the issues, and I invite Martha McSally to tell us exactly where she stands,” said Ron Barber in a statement released last week in his announcement of the invitation to McSally. “The voters of this district will always know where I stand. I am fighting to give middle class families lower taxes and quality schools.”
According to the Arizona Republic, Sinema drew criticism from Republicans on Tuesday after the freshman Arizona Democrat’s campaign sent out an e-mail that asked supporters to add their names to an online petition calling for a “full investigation” of the Phoenix VA hospital crisis — and at the same time offered an opportunity to contribute to her re-election effort.
However with the support of the Chamber, Sinema only needs the vote, and not the money of the veterans, their families, and their supporters.
Sinema has the support of the big money donors. Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer said of Sinema, “The Arizona business community appreciates Rep. Sinema’s hard work on issues like the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.”