McSally won by just 167 votes, less than one-tenth of one percent of the vote.
Martha McSally who, other than prematurely declaring victory after the election and providing a comment on President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, has been locked away in the “cone of silence” since Election Day, not commenting on any of the controversial matters before Congress in recent weeks.
Even with today’s announcement, she posted a statement on Facebook rather than speak with the media. McSally on Facebook:
After a long, hard-fought campaign, today we were declared the official winner for our race to represent Southern Arizona in Congress! I’m incredibly grateful to all our supporters for sticking it out with us, especially during the recount and extended vote process, to ensure we finished strong.
Now, it’s time to move forward as one community to make sure Southern Arizonans have the strong representation they deserve,” she said in the statement. “My focus will be on the priorities I heard from you throughout the campaign: provide better economy opportunity for our families and keep our country and communities safe.
I have had the sense since Election Day that Martha Mcsally really did not anticipate winning. She reminds me of Robert Redford’s character Bill McKay in The Candidate, upon learning that he has won, asks “What do we do now?”
“Silent Sally” will no longer be able to avoid the media or her CD 2 constituents now that she is a member of Congress. She no longer has the luxury of not answering questions by dismissing them as a “hypothetical,” or resorting to her pat answer during the campaign, Detail Work:
“I’m not in Congress, I don’t have a staff, I don’t have the briefings,” McSally said. “I’m not going to spend all of my time making comments on legislation I haven’t studied or been briefed on or have the same sort of opportunities that a member of Congress has. I’d be spending literally day and night if I’m going to comment on every single piece of legislation that comes up, and I’m not going to just willy-nilly go, ‘Yeah, I would have voted for that or I wouldn’t have voted for that’ if I haven’t really studied it.”
Well, school is now in session “Silent Sally,” and it’s time that you actually learn something about the substance of public policy and not just memorizing the talking points that your RNCC handlers have written for you. I have said all along that you are lacking in substance, that there is no “there” there. You can try to prove my assessment wrong, but I seriously doubt that you will.
As for Democrats now contemplating a run for Congress in CD 2 in 2016, let me make this point clear to you right now. The DCCC campaign consultant class notion that Democrats in CD 2 have to be a conservadem “Blue Dog” Democrat, essentially Republican-lite, is completely wrongheaded.
Excuse my French, but the DCCC campaign consultant class can go fuck themselves. It was their failed strategy to run against our president and Democratic Party principles and successes that cost Democrats their seats across the country, because this does not inform nor inspire the Democratic voter base to turn out to vote. These consultants should never be allowed to work in another campaign ever again.
Ron Barber lost by 167 votes. How many Democratic voters did the DCCC campaign strategy depress with its “Me too!” Republican-lite strategy? I’ll bet it was far more than 167 Democrats who stayed home and chose not to vote in this election. So good job DCCC campaign consultant class! You’re fired!
I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party when I say no more DLC/ Third Way/ New Democrat / Blue Dog corporate lap dog Republican-lite candidates! It’s time for a real Democrat who proudly embraces Democratic Party principles and policies, and who will be a champion for the working class and Main Street, not the banksters of Wall Street.