U.S. House Rep. Martha McSally (R – Az.) made her long-expected official announcement that she is running for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake this year.
In her campaign announcement video, the retired Air Force colonel and fighter pilot — and the first woman to fly a combat mission — said the national Republican Party needs to “grow a pair of ovaries.”
While McSally, 51, spoke out against Donald Trump in 2016, calling his comments in the Access Hollywood video “disgusting,” she’s adopted a more Trump-friendly rhetoric in recent months.
“Like our president, I’m tired of PC politicians and their BS excuses. I’m a fighter pilot and I talk like one,” McSally says in the video.
There’s a gamble in McSally taking this take in a state where Trump won in 2016 by less than 4 points. However, with “Chemtrail Kelli” Ward and disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio splitting the “Trump faction,” McSally could appeal to more moderate and traditional conservative Republicans in the state.
McSally doesn’t mention either of her primary opponents in the video.