Ducey Taps McSally For McCain’s Seat

Ducey noted that McSally was supported by more than 1 million voters in November’s election – a fact also highlighted by the Arizona Democratic Party, which charged that “Washington, D.C., insiders hand-picked” McSally after Arizona voters rejected her. McSally finished with 1,135,200 votes to Sinema’s 1,191,100.

“After running a divisive, dishonest campaign for over a year, Arizona voters rejected McSally because they don’t trust her to fight for them when it matters most,” said Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini in a prepared statement Tuesday.

“(Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell and Martha McSally are ignoring the will of Arizona voters to advance their agenda of putting their wealthiest donors ahead of Arizonans’ access to health care,” her statement said.

Despite running a largely negative campaign against Sinema, McSally said Tuesday that she looked forward to “working with Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate, just like we did in the House.”

“There’s a lot of common ground between us, and I’m ready to hit it running,” McSally said. “Arizona’s two senators have always worked together, for decades. That’s our tradition and how we’re most effective, and that’s how I plan to serve.”

She went on to say that she had “done a lot of listening and … learned a lot” while crossing the state in her Senate campaign, about the issues Arizonans care about – but did not touch on any specific issues Tuesday.

While some Republicans had reportedly soured on McSally after her loss in November, Kyl on Tuesday called her “an excellent choice” and McCain’s widow, Cindy, said in a tweet that she respected Ducey’s choice of McSally to fill out her husband’s term.

“My husband’s greatest legacy was placing service to AZ and USA ahead of his own self-interest,” McCain wrote. “Arizonans will be pulling for her (McSally), hoping she will follow his example of selfless leadership.”

15 Comments

  1. She can’t possibly be any worse than McCain. I respected him for a long time, but in the end he became like every other long term politician – an entrenched member of the deep state swamp.

  2. Mike I think remotely is the wrong choice of word – the election was close – by this means both the winning candidate (I can’t stand the woman) and the very close winner both get to represent the state population – shsssseeeessshhhhhhh not to often that happens! Both sides get a representative – yeah not happy with McS but hey it could have been much McWorse – glad to see this is how this worked out

  3. Just like her USAF career, yet another thing that McSilly has had handed to her on a silver platter that she didn’t remotely earn

  4. Just like her USAF career, yet another thing McSilly has been handed on a silver platter that she didn’t even remotely earn.

  5. “Ducey says he will respect the will of the voters and swear in Sinema as the State`s senior Senator in January.” If you ever questioned whether Arizona`s Governor Ducey is an egomaniac, this comment of his should allay any doubts you have.

  6. It is surprising to hear Gov Ducey picked McSally to fill the McCain seat, strange bed fellows but that is the essence of politics especially as Ducey prepares to challenge President Trump in the 2020 primaries.

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