Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
In this new series, "Questions for Martha McSally," we pose questions to
the McSally campaign about her positions on current hot topics — I am
not going to give her a free pass until after the GOP primary like our local media did in 2012.
I previously posted back at the end of September, Questions for Martha McSally: Government shutdown and default on the national debt. I'm still waiting for a reply.
Turns out I am not alone. Stuart Rothenberg at Roll Call's Rothenblog actually got the chance to ask McSally my questions, and she refused to answer him as well. This candidate is seriously cowering in the bunker. Two House Candidates Who Stumbled Over Simple Questions:
Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally is personable and engaging, and
her 2,454-vote loss to Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd
District in 2012 demonstrates that she has appeal as a congressional
But none of that exempts the 47-year-old Republican, who is running
again this cycle and oozes confidence about her prospects, from
answering an important question: How would she have voted on the
compromise that ultimately ended the government shutdown in October?
And yet, though I asked that question repeatedly in an Oct. 29
interview, McSally did her best to bob and weave, clearly intent on not
giving a “yes” or a “no.” Instead, I heard a lot of baloney about not
wanting to look backward and only wanting to look ahead.
I understand the question is an awkward one for Republicans, since
many in the party’s grass roots opposed the deal and many moderate and
swing voters favored it. Supporting the deal could cause problems for a
candidate in a Republican primary but be an asset in the general
election. (Some 87 House Republicans voted for the compromise, while 144
But this is one of those questions a candidate should not be allowed
to duck, since the answer says something about the candidate’s views and
approach to the legislative process.
Given my interview with McSally and my conversations with others
about her, I’m guessing that the GOP hopeful would have supported the
compromise. But I shouldn’t have to guess, and McSally’s refusal to give
an answer raises some disquieting questions about her and her campaign.
McSally often refers to herself as outspoken, and she notes that her
lawsuit against the Department of Defense’s requirement that U.S.
servicewomen in Saudi Arabia wear a cloak that covers virtually the
entire body proves that she isn’t a shrinking violet. Apparently, she
doesn’t see the irony in her unwillingness to address the House vote
that reopened the government.
If McSally is as much of a straight-shooter as she says she is, she
ought to answer the question about how she would have voted, even if she
needs to add an explanation about her answer.
Thanks for trying, Mr. Rothenberg. I suspect that McSally is confident in our local media continuing to give her a free pass until after the GOP primary like they did in 2012, and she intends to ride that horse as far as it will go. This is as much a damning criticism of Arizona's political media as it is of a candidate who refuses to answer any substantitive policy questions.
Voters in Congressional District 2 have the right to know your positions
on current hot topics, Ms. McSally. Feel free to answer this inquiry by
posting a comment. More questions to follow.