McSally Hauls in Over $930k in Q3, Close to $1.5 Million Cash on Hand

TUCSON – Congresswoman Martha McSally announced today that she raised over $930k in the third quarter of 2017 alone. In just 9 months her campaign has erased all debt and now has close to $1.5 million cash on hand.

“Congresswoman McSally is widely recognized by both sides of the aisle as a legislator who can deliver results and collaborate on real solutions. She has even been identified in academia as one of the top ten most effective Members of Congress—a national role model for how to get things done. It is also clear to Southern Arizonans that Martha McSally has their back, which is why she continues to inspire dedicated and broad support. In just 3 months, over 13,000 individual contributions were made in which the average donation was less than $60. Rep. McSally’s supporters are demonstrating that they believe in her and the work she is doing for Southern Arizona and all Americans,” said McSally Campaign Manager Anthony Barry.

In the current 115th Congress, McSally has sponsored 21 pieces of legislation so far, eight of which have passed the House. The Speaker of the House has appointed Congresswoman McSally to his working group tasked with addressing the future of border security, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), interior enforcement, and legal immigration.. She is also currently serving on bipartisan working groups putting forward solutions on health care, tax reform, border security, and DACA.


McSally Endorsed by Law Enforcement

TUCSON – Congresswoman Martha McSally today won the endorsement of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Arizona (CLEAA), an organization representing over 2,000 law enforcement officers in Tucson that include officers with the Tucson Police Department, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the Pima County Jail, and Pima County Probation Officers.

“Public safety is our top priority,” said Jason Winsky, CLEAA Board Chairman and a Sergeant with the Tucson Police Department. “We believe in Congresswoman McSally’s commitment to protecting our communities and that she will continue the fight for Southern Arizona. Her support for public safety officers and her willingness to listen to our concerns is deeply appreciated.”

Congresswoman McSally has worked hard to hear from members of Southern Arizona law enforcement and advocate for their priorities. She has participated in ride-alongs with the Tucson Police Department, Pima County Sherriff’s Department, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, and Border Patrol officers.

She also has introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, that, among other actions, improves how mental health defendants are treated in the judicial system and expands funding for local law enforcement to respond to mental health crises. The bill is supported by the National Association of Police Organizations, American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, and National Sheriffs’ Association.


McSally Campaign Releases New Ad, “Boomer”

TUCSON – Boomer, Martha McSally’s three-year old Golden Retriever, today makes his TV commercial debut in the McSally Campaign’s latest ad. The light-hearted spot highlights Martha McSally’s commitment to getting results for her constituents, as well as a bit of Boomer’s trademark penchant for mischief.

“A little over two years ago, I welcomed Boomer into my home and my heart,” said Congresswoman McSally. “At the time, he was a rescue Golden Retriever looking for a good home. Now, he is my unending source of comfort and love. After a long day, or long week, he never fails to meet me with an eager smile and sloppy kiss. We’ll often go on early morning runs through the desert, and he helps me get ready to fight for the priorities of Southern Arizonans.”

Watch “Boomer” below:

While today marks his TV debut, Boomer is a regular on social media, where he can be seen joining Rep. McSally at events or just being himself.

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“Boomer” Transcript

Transcript
(MARTHA McSALLY) They say if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.

Well, meet my friend, Boomer.

(Boomer climbs around truck)

As for the folks in D.C., let’s just say we have our differences.

Like when I stopped President Obama from retiring the A-10.

Or when I took on my own party to fight for equal pay for women.

I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message because I’m not in Congress to make friends, I’m there to get results for you.

(kisses Boomer)


McSally Wins Support from Tucson Border Patrol Agents

Tucson Border Patrol Union Endorses Martha McSally

TUCSON – The National Border Patrol Council Local 2544, which represents agents in the Tucson sector, has endorsed Congresswoman Martha McSally for re-election. The organization, which is the largest Border Patrol Local in the country, represents over 2,770 local Border Patrol agents.

“Martha McSally has more than proven her desire to listen to the boots on the ground and ensure that the agents that take care of our nation’s borders in Arizona are heard,” said Arturo Del Cueto, National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 President. “I have seen first-hand her interest and concern in the important job and mission that agents perform on a daily basis. We are sure that with her in office, agents’ needs will be met.”

During her first weekend in office, Congresswoman McSally toured local border installations, including visiting the Joint Intelligence and Operations Center, Hedglen Forward Operating Base, and the Brian A. Terry Station. Later that month, she hosted over 20 Members of Congress in Southern Arizona to see the border first-hand, the largest such delegation to visit the Arizona border. She also has participated in a ride-along at the border with local agents.

As the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, Congresswoman McSally has passed four border related bills through the House. She also has voted in support of legislation to prevent a pay-cut for Border Patrol agents that became law.

Arizona’s Second Congressional District includes over 80 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico.


The Arizona Republic Endorses Martha McSally

“…it’s no question for us in November: The first-term Republican deserves to keep her seat.”

Our View: Why vote for McSally? She can get things done
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Southern Arizona’s Congressional District 2 is one of the nation’s most competitive districts.

Usually this seat is bitterly fought over and narrowly won – by less than 200 votes two years ago, for example.

But there are two words to explain why the race seems rather ho-hum this year: Martha McSally.

The district’s equal ideological split requires a moderate who is eager to work with anyone and serve everyone. Someone with a laser focus on the district’s needs, who knows that in this district, national defense isn’t just something to talk about in debates.

It’s people’s livelihood.

McSally is that representative. And that’s why it’s no question for us in November: The first-term Republican deserves to keep her seat.

Going to bat for the A-10, border

The former Air Force pilot successfully defended the A-10 against powerful interests that want to mothball the aircraft. That’s critically important for Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, a major employer in the district where the aircraft is based.

McSally worked hard to secure funding for wing upgrades and to require a fly-off with competitor jets before the A-10 is retired, effectively extending its life for at least a few more years.

She convinced Homeland Security officials to include the understaffed Douglas Port of Entry in its five-year infrastructure plan.

She also lobbied to get four southern Arizona transportation projects included as priorities in the long-term federal Highway Bill, including the Interstate 11 extension that would better connect the border with Phoenix and Las Vegas.

This isn’t pork-barrel spending. McSally fought hard for these projects because she knows how much her district’s economy relies on security, defense and cross-border trade. Being able to move goods and people more effectively makes sense – and cents – for her constituents.

One of Congress’ most successful

McSally isn’t just looking out for her district. She got nine bills through the House and two signed into law as a freshman representative, a number that only a fraction of her colleagues – even those with far more experience in D.C. – can match.

OK, so this isn’t fixing “Obamacare” or passing comprehensive immigration reform. The two bills signed into law fast-tracked veterans for border-security jobs and recognized female World War II pilots.

But McSally knows how the system works. She proposes ideas she knows will have enough traction to pass and builds on that momentum to get other things she (and her district) wants.

That’s smart lawmaking. The kind of give-and-take needed to get things done in such a polarized, dysfunctional place.

Practical above all, even on Trump

Some Democrats have criticized McSally for not taking a strong enough stand against Donald Trump. They say her unwillingness to talk about him makes her weak and afraid to balk her party.

Her record suggests otherwise. McSally balked some in her own party when she fought for a defense-spending bill, and she was the only Arizona Republican to vote for the highway bill.

It would be nice if she’d just come out and say that she doesn’t like Trump. It’s fairly obvious: McSally hasn’t endorsed him (then again, she says she doesn’t endorse anyone), and she has denounced his controversial comments, including those about a Gold Star family and groping women.

But we can appreciate the fine line she and other down-ballot Republicans have to walk on Trump this election. If anything, McSally’s refusal to join the scrum underlines her practicality. Distancing herself from Trump is probably the smartest thing she can do to appeal to voters on both sides this election.

That brings us to her opponent. Matt Heinz is smart and cordial. The Tucson attending physician intimately knows the district. He can talk in-depth on the issues. He worked with Republicans to get things done during his stint in the Arizona Legislature.

If only the challengers in other congressional districts were this qualified.

The trouble is Heinz is going up against an incumbent who’s already proven her ability to get things done in the wasteland we call Congress.

That’s why voters should give Martha McSally another two years there.

McSally has received the endorsement of 3 out of 3 newspapers to endorse so far for the CD-2 race:

  • Read the endorsement of the Arizona Daily Star HERE.
  • Read the endorsement of the Sierra Vista Herald HERE.


McSally Campaign Releases New Ad, “Cherrybell”

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today released a new ad, “Cherrybell,” highlighting Congresswoman Martha McSally’s successful efforts to keep open the Cherrybell Mail Processing Center. The ad features testimony from Michele Arrington, commander of Disabled American Veterans in Tucson, about the importance of Cherrybell to veterans and other members of the community.

“As a freshman, Martha took charge and has been able to halt the Postal Service’s plans to shut down Cherrybell,” said Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “This is such an important issue for so many Southern Arizonans who rely on timely mail service for things like Social Security checks, medications, and even to cast their votes. This is just another example of how Martha has been able to fight, and get results, on the issues that matter most to her constituents.”

Watch “Cherrybell” below:

“Cherrybell” Transcript

(Michele Arrington) I’m passionate about making sure veterans get the care they deserve.

That’s why I was so concerned when Washington tried to shut down the Cherrybell mail facility, jeopardizing the timely delivery of medicine to disabled veterans.

Fortunately, Martha McSally led the charge to protect Cherrybell, saving jobs and ensuring veterans continue to get the medicine they rely on.

Martha McSally is getting results.

(Martha McSally) I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.


McSally Impresses During Sierra Vista Debate

SIERRA VISTA – McSally for Congress Campaign Manager Weston McKee released the following statement after tonight’s debate at Buena High School in Sierra Vista.

“This evening, Martha showed not only her deep understanding of the issues affecting our community, like expanding jobs, growing Fort Huachuca, and building our infrastructure, but how she’s already been able to get results on these priorities and many more. Anyone in the audience could see she is far and away the best person to represent Southern Arizona in Congress.”


McSally Raises $1.6 Million in Q3

Enters Final Month with Over $2 Million Cash on Hand

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today announced raising nearly $1.6 million in the 3rd quarter of 2016, the campaign’s highest single fundraising quarter of the cycle. Fueled by consistently strong voter support and an impressive legislative record that ranks her as one of the most effective members of the 114th Congress, McSally enters the final month of the campaign with commanding strength.

“As soon as she took office, Martha hit the ground running at full speed and she hasn’t let up,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “Her tireless pace is reflected in her nearly record-breaking amount of first term accomplishments, including passing nine bills through the House and two into law, saving the A-10, advancing funding for local infrastructure projects, and winning battles to ensure equal treatment of women veterans. Southern Arizonans know there’s nobody in Congress who works harder to make a difference, and it’s why they continue to back her with overwhelming support.”

As a freshman, Martha McSally has passed nine bills through the House, something only 4% of House lawmakers have accomplished this Congress, and two bills into law, something achieved by only 6% of all lawmakers. Last week, the Rothenberg and Gonzalez Political Report upgraded her race to “Safe Republican.” (Click here to read more)

Colonel Martha McSally (ret.) is an independent voice who is committed to fighting for equal treatment of women and more opportunity for the middle class. She has been active in defending Southern Arizona’s critical job-creators like Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca. A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, McSally was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in U.S. history.


Arizona Daily Star Endorses Martha McSally

Endorsement: Martha McSally

Read the Arizona Daily Star Endorsement Here

“…McSally is a strong, smart and pragmatic representative of CD2.”

Four years ago, when Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, first ran for public office, she was a newcomer to politics. Her clear intelligence and drive were obvious, as was her mastery of military matters. But she spoke in generalities about policy matters – as many novice candidates do.

That was then. Four years later, with two years in Congress under her belt, McSally is a strong, smart and pragmatic representative of Congressional District 2, one of the state’s most evenly divided districts politically.

This is why we endorse Martha McSally for Congress in CD2.

McSally, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Matt Heinz, a physician and former state lawmaker.

Heinz is a solid candidate with good legislative experience. We believe that his bipartisan work and expertise in health policy in the Legislature recommends him as a problem-solver.

But the representative from CD2 will be one of 435 members of the U.S. House, and Southern Arizona needs someone who can effectively advocate for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca and our region’s other military installations.

McSally is that person.

She first came to Tucson when she was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and has established herself as an expert on the A-10 fighter. She was stationed at D-M four times and commanded the deployable squadron of A-10s.

She knows the importance of the A-10 to D-M and has made defending the viability of the aircraft a top priority. She’s focused on the A-10 in the short term, but also looks to the future by working to attract and expand other missions – such as drones or F-16s – to the base. “I come with credibility,” she said.

The Air Force wants to retire the A-10s and replace them with the much more technologically advanced -and much louder – F-35s. McSally held hearings on the viability of the A-10 to emphasize its effectiveness in close-air support in combat.

She’s also advocated to keep the EC-130H Compass Call electronic warfare and jamming squadron at D-M.

McSally has been successful for two years in keeping full funding for the A-10 and EC-130H. She also was a strong advocate for preventing the Air Force from retiring the A-10 until there was a fly-off between the A-10 and the F-35 to evaluate the two fighters. She wrote the requirements for that fly-off test.

Much of McSally’s thinking is rooted in the military mindset. “Veterans know how to come up with an objective” and figure out what needs to happen to accomplish that goal.

“I have situational awareness,” McSally said. “What can we get done?”

She did this with her WASP legislation. It allows women who served in World War II – the Women Airforce Service Pilots – to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

We do have our difference with McSally on issues, such women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care. But when it comes to Southern Arizona issues, McSally has been there, doing the work and getting results.

When faced with a challenge, McSally said she asks herself, “What’s the best way to get this done?” That’s a question key toward being effective in a divided Congress and representing a politically divided district.


McSally Campaign Releases New Ad, “Saving Jobs”

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today released a new ad, “Saving Jobs,” showing what Martha McSally’s successful fight to save the A-10 Warthog means for Southern Arizona. In the ad, Mama Louisa’s chef and owner Mike Elefante says without the A-1-0, “we’d probably be out of business.”

“The Administration can’t pull the wool over Martha’s eyes. That’s why she’s so uniquely qualified to represent this district and defend our bases,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “Davis-Monthan adds $1.5 billion to the local economy and supports over 15,000 jobs. There’s absolutely no doubt that with her experience flying A-10s and her national security expertise, Martha is the best person to continue fighting for Southern Arizona in Congress.”

Watch “Saving Jobs” below:

In February 2014, the Administration announced its plans to retire our entire A-10 fleet and 7 EC-130H aircraft, potentially crippling Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DM). After less than two years in office fighting for the A-10 and DM, Rep. McSally has won full funding to keep the A-10 flying as well as new funding for A-10 wing upgrades. She has passed amendments into law preventing the “back-door” retirement of any A-10 aircraft. She has advanced provisions requiring an A-10/F-35 fly-off, protecting the A-10 into the future. And, earlier this year, the Administration backed off its plans to mothball our A-10 fleet, a departure of its policy of the last two years.

“Saving Jobs” Transcript

(Mike Elefante) I’m Mike Elefante, chef and owner of Mama Louisa’s.

This restaurant’s been in my family for over 40 years and I’m proud to employ 21 workers today.

The people from Davis-Monthan are our most loyal customers.

Without the air base and the A-10, we’d probably be out of business.

When Martha McSally saved the A-10, she didn’t just save a plane. She saved small businesses like mine and a lot of other Southern Arizona jobs.

(Martha McSally) I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message because I’m deployed to D.C. to get results for you.


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