McSally ad: ‘Grow a pair of ovaries’
Video marks her official entry into Senate race
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s announcement of her run for the U.S. Senate came Friday by way of an online video spotlighting President Donald Trump, her fight against a controversial Air Force policy and an admonition to Washington, D.C., Republicans “to grow a pair of ovaries.”
It also echoes Trump’s brash tone and outsider point of view, referencing “PC politicians and their BS excuses.”
“I’m a fighter pilot, and I talk like one,” she says.
McSally, R-Ariz., was the first U.S. female combat pilot, and her campaign video tells how she battled the Pentagon to overturn a policy that required U.S. servicewomen in Saudi Arabia to wear Muslim abayas and headscarves.
“I absolutely refused to bow down to Sharia law,” McSally says in the video. “After eight years of fighting, I won my
battle for the religious freedom of American servicewomen. Now, I’m deployed to D.C. to fight for Arizona.”
Though McSally forged a centrist reputation in her two terms representing the Tucson area’s competitive 2nd Congressional District, the video shows her taking a sharp right turn as she prepares for a GOP primary race against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Fountain Hills and former state Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City. Both Arpaio and Ward are considered border-security hard-liners.
In footage reminiscent of Sen. John McCain’s memorable — some might say notorious — 2010 television commercial in which the veteran Arizona Republican promises to “complete the danged fence,” McSally is seen walking along a fence while her voiceover promises to secure the border.
Trump, an ally of Arpaio’s, is shown in McSally’s video calling McSally his friend.
“She’s the real deal,” Trump says.
“She’s tough,” he adds.
‘I’m tired of PC politicians’
And though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — the epitome of the Republican establishment, who is hated by some on the far right — has called McSally one of his top recruits of the cycle, McSally gives D.C. Republicans a rhetorical pounding in the video.
She tells them “to grow a pair of ovaries.” “Like our president, I’m tired of PC politicians and their BS excuses,” McSally says. “I’m a fighter pilot, and I talk like one. That’s why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done. Now I’m running for the Senate to fight the fights that must be won.”
The walk-off line calls McSally a “patriot,” a “warrior” and a “leader.”
If McSally manages to beat Arpaio and Ward for the Republican Senate nomination, she is expected to face U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., the Democratic primary front-runner. Nowicki is The Republic’s national political reporter. Follow him on Twitter @dannowicki.