On Friday, Representative Martha McSally will launch her campaign for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake. On Tuesday former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced his intention to run in the race as well.
McSally is scheduled to hold very controlled events in Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott, Arizona.
In November, the ADI reported that McSally, “who lived in Germany and worked as a professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, flew in to Arizona to announce her bid for the CD8 seat in 2012 Special Election. She lost to Jesse Kelly in the Republican Primary for the Special Election that resulted from the retirement of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.”
McSally raised the ire of the Republican Party’s grassroots when a member of her campaign team, Sam Stone, “let it slip that he was trying to sabotage Kelly and McSally was overheard in Cochise County telling people to vote for her so she could run in the general.”
McSally lost in the 2012 General Election race to Ron Barber. She ran again and won in 2014.
McSally, the establishment pick, has been a controversial figure since she arrived in Arizona from Germany in 2012.
“Just a few months ago, Martha McSally was caught worrying aloud about Donald Trump’s impact on her reelection to her swing House seat, saying “right now this environment would have me not prevail,” according to American Bridge. “Now, she’s contemplating failing up and wading into the messy Arizona Senate GOP primary…. Although she votes with Donald Trump 96 percent of the time, she’s been a vocal critic in the past. Trump and his allies already don’t like her and are even trying to scare her out of the race.”
McSally will face Arpaio, and former Arizona State Senator Dr. Kelli Ward.
Whoever emerges from the Republican primary will likely face Representative Kysten Sinema [D-CD9].