Martha McSally’s latest ad “Whitney” requires a lot of Suspension of Disbelief

Photo from democratic senatorial committee: politifact

Martha McSally has released another health care case study ad.

While the subject of this ad, “Whitney” does not appear to be a former McSally staffer as in a previous ad that featured a former campaign manager, the contents of the video attacking Mark Kelly and Joe Biden on health care requires a lot of suspension of disbelief and strains credibility.

In the ad, Whitney, a health care patient, from Queen Creek,  that needs monthly chemo infusions to survive a rare blood disorder, says she is afraid of the prospect of Mark Kelly and Joe Biden “plan to put the government in charge of her health care” that would “take away our choice of doctors and threaten the quality of our care.” This, according to Whitney, “would hurt those of us with preexisting conditions.”

Whitney then goes on to say that she is supporting Martha McSally because she will protect those with Pre-Existing Conditions and ensure that everyone has quality and affordable health care.

The video ends McSally and Whitney talking in her (Whitneys?) house and walking together down a street.

A Fairly well-produced ad but with the exception of Whitney’s medical condition, the statements about Biden, Kelly, and McSally are not true.

First, where do Whitney and McSally get their information that Mark Kelly and Joe Biden want to be in charge of her health care, take away her choice of physicians, hinder their care, and harm those with preexisting conditions?

Usually, in ads, the campaign inserts a little citation by any quote or statement to show where they found the information.

That was not in the Whitney ad.

Furthermore, please click on the link here to see the features of Joe Biden’s current health care plan. Does it mention any of the things Whitney feared?


Mark Kelly and his team, upon seeing the ad, issued a statement that read:

Senator McSally is at it again, out with another new ad misleading Arizonans with false claims about not only her record on health care, but Mark Kelly’s as well.

The ad falsely claims that McSally is the candidate who will protect those with pre-existing conditions. Here’s a reminder of how it went last time she tried to make that claim in an ad:

[FALSE] Politifact: Arizona Sen. McSally makes health care pledge that contradicts past votes, policy positions [6.25.20] 

Arizona Republic: Montini: Sen. Martha McSally caught, again, trying to revise her history on health care [6.26.20]

Tucson Weekly: Politifact Says Sen. Martha McSally Is Lying Again About Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions [6.26.20]

Daily Star: Political Notebook: fact-check website labels McSally healthcare claim ‘false’ [7.2.20]

McSally’s ad also falsely claims that Mark Kelly supports a government takeover of health care. That isn’t true, either. Mark opposes eliminating private insurance and opposes Medicare for All. 

“Unfortunately, Martha McSally is again proving why Arizonans can’t trust a word she says about health care. The truth is that if Martha McSally had been successful with her votes, 2.8 million Arizonans with a pre-existing condition would have had their costs increased or lost their healthcare entirely and we’d be even worse off during this pandemic. Arizonans deserve an independent voice like Mark Kelly who will do the right thing when it comes to health care, not a politician like Martha McSally who shows up every election year running false attack ads trying to hide her own record.”  – Jacob Peters, Kelly campaign spokesperson

Please click here to access Captain Kelly’s ideas on health care. Again, they do not match the false statements in the McSally ad.

Finally, the Washington Post just released a fact check report today, echoing what the previous articles have found. That Martha McSally and other vulnerable Republican Senators are releasing ads saying that they will protect Pre Existing Conditions along with quality and affordable health care when their voting records show otherwise.

Martha McSally and her colleagues received Four Pinocchios (the highest level for lying in the Post.)

Whitney has been conned.

Maybe she should invite Senator McSally to come back to her house and do a show and tell about her previous votes and explain how her health care plan is better for her (Whitney) than what Mark Kelly and Joe Biden propose.

Senator McSally has demonstrated, by her previous votes and the health care bills that she has supported, that it is her policy positions that would make life worse for people like Whitney.

Those positions are not good for Arizonans’ health and well-being.

It serves as another reason why people should look towards another candidate when voting for United States Senator 111 days from now on November 3, 2020.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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