Yesterday we learned from The Hill that McSally gets new primary challenger. That’s not good news for McSally and it’;s not even good news for the rest of us. Read on to see why.
Daniel McCarthy, a Phoenix businessman, announced his challenge to Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), setting up a potentially bruising and expensive Republican primary in a state the GOP is eager to hold in 2020.
McCarthy announced his intention to seek the Republican Senate nomination in an interview with Phoenix-area television station ABC 15 set to air later on Wednesday.
Speculation has swirled for months that McCarthy, a cosmetics company executive, could enter the Senate race.
McCarthy was scheduled to meet with Arizona’s Republican Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday, but said earlier this week that he had canceled the meeting, citing Ducey’s support of so-called red-flag laws that allow law enforcement officials to temporarily confiscate firearms from people deemed a danger to themselves and others.
“I look forward to communicating with the Governor and all of Arizona about how dangerous this type of policy is,” McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday. “Right now, I am on a listening tour across Arizona. When discussing Red Flag Laws, the consensus is that they are a slippery slope.”
Scriber thinks that’s a reds flag on this guy’s candidacy. It sets up a contest between the current right-winger and an even more extreme right-winger.
Imagine the deliciousness of a guy named McCarthy in the Senate. As McCarthy tried to attack the supporters of background checks and red flag laws, as in the Army-McCarthy hearings: Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy’s career: “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, “… You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”
This morning the AZ Blue Meanie at Blog for Arizona had more to say in Martha McSally gets a second primary challenger, meet Daniel McCarthy.
McCarthy casts himself as conservative more aligned with the conservative base in today’s Republican Party than McSally. In interviews and Facebook posts, he has supported the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the 2017 Republican tax law, and Trump’s signature border wall plan.
McSally has a history of supporting all of those policies, in one form or another.
In recent weeks, McCarthy has attacked McSally over her comments that she is “open” to to act on warnings of violent tendencies or activities by people who may have access to guns.
Larry Sabato, the political scientist who directs the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said McCarthy could complicate McSally’s efforts to woo more moderate voters.
“He can spend some bucks and he can make some damaging attacks, and all in all that’s bad news for her,” Sabato said. “He may drive her to the right while the Arizona electorate is clearly moderating” to a more purple status.
After an event in Scottsdale, McSally downplayed the news of drawing a primary challenger. Kelli Ward, her 2018 primary opponent who now serves as the chair of the state Republican Party, stood behind her in solidarity.
“When it comes to the campaign, which will come later, we are unified,” McSally said. "I’m endorsed by President Trump. We are unified in the Republican Party. We are working together and we are going to make sure that we hold this seat up and down the ticket for Republicans for our future. And that’s our focus."
And that’s that.
Thanks to Roving Reporter Sherry for The Hill citation.