I love Southern Arizona. My service to our country brought me here and I am proud to have made it my home. I am running for Congress because I believe our community needs a stronger voice advocating for us in Washington D.C. Our nation is at a critical juncture. We need leaders who are able to work toward solutions, not partisan politicians who are looking out for their next re-election.
Please invest a few minutes of your time to get to know me and this race. I invite you to become a part of the team. Together, we can make Southern Arizona a better place to live, work and raise our families.
Today, Secretary of Defense Hagel confirmed that the Obama administration plans to mothball the A-10 Warthog to save money. This is a reckless decision that will put American lives at risk. Despite what Hagel stated, the A-10 is not a single mission aircraft. It is America’s most capable and survivable aircraft in Close Air Support, Forward Air Control, Combat Search and Rescue, and Strike Coordination and Reconnaissance. We must preserve the capability to protect Americans under fire on the ground with our best assets, and the A-10 is second to none while being inexpensive to maintain and operate.
The loss of the A-10, along with Hagel’s request for another round of base closures in 2017, results in a significant risk to the Tucson community as well. Davis-Monthan’s main mission revolves around the A-10, and the $1.6B economic impact of the base to our community is now also at risk.
I alerted the community to the risk of the A-10 cuts and the future of DM in an Arizona Daily Star op-ed on August 27th, 2013 (LINK). In a September 1st, 2013 AZ Daily Star Steller column (LINK), Ron Barber is quoted as stating there is “flat out” no risk to the A-10 in the short term, after serving in Congress for over 14 months on the Armed Services Committee and representing Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the “home of the A-10.” He is now attempting to cover his tracks by stating he is fighting to save the A-10, but his too little, too late efforts clearly had no impact on his party’s administration and their decisions.
We need someone in DC who understands the value of the A-10 and DM and has a track record of fighting and winning, not talking and losing. Having commanded an A-10 squadron in combat, I am running to bring the experience and leadership we need for this significant issue impacting our country and community.
A bevy of smart, fresh-faced Republican women is running for Congress this year, shattering the stereotype that the political right is a bastion of old,white men.
AZ-02 is listed by National Journal’s The Hotline on their top 10 list of House seats most likely to flip.
CNN names AZ-02 as one of the 5 House races to watch in 2014
National Journal lists the race for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district as one of the marquee races of the 2014 mid-term elections.
Roll Call details the most fascinating races of 2014. This article focuses on Martha McSally’s race in Arizona’s 2nd District.
Martha McSally listed as one of 14 Arizonans to watch in 2014 by the Arizona Republic.
In Arizona, Republican Martha McSally is putting her military service at the forefront of her second congressional campaign and emphasizing what she calls the Air Force’s core values.
The United States is facing a failure of leadership now, more so than at any other time in the nation’s history, said Republican congressional hopeful Martha McSally. “America is in decline,” she told nearly 40 people at a Wednesday Southeastern Arizona Contractors Association luncheon. But it doesn’t mean the decline can’t be reversed, because it can be with the elections of the right people, McSally said.
Tucson Republican Martha McSally bested U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., in the latest round of fundraising, outstripping him and every other congressional candidate in Arizona from July through September…McSally’s dramatic opening suggests she would have adequate funding for a hard-knuckle rematch with Barber, who beat her last year by a paper-thin margin to win the southern Arizona district.