McSally ad: ‘Grow a pair of ovaries’

Video marks her of­fi­cial en­try into Se­nate race

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - Dan Now­icki Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

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.

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