In the three weeks since the primary election, Republican Senate nominee Martha McSally and her allies have aired several television pieces challenging Democratic Nominee Kyrsten Sinema’s commitment to our military, law enforcement, and the safety of our children.
These ads were false, as reported by Politifact, the Arizona Republic, and Blog For Arizona — including the one about wearing of the pink Tutu to protest our troops were false. They also pertain to events that occurred over a decade ago.
What these ads also prove is that Representative McSally has not been able to discuss what she is for and why Arizonans should support her. This would be important for the citizens of this state to know, especially since the two candidates will be debating sometime in October.
But wait, there appears to be a problem. While Representative Sinema has agreed to attend two one-hour debates; one in Phoenix and one in Tucson, Ms. McSally has not.
One also has to ask why Representative McSally has not agreed to two debates with Representative Sinema. Why is she avoiding debating Sinema? Sinema’s Communications Director, James Owens commented “It’s been one week since Kyrsten confirmed her attendance at public debates, but it’s been crickets from Congresswoman McSally as she refuses to commit. Congresswoman McSally makes clear every day that she’ll say anything to get elected—even lying to Arizonans about the issues that matter most, like their Medicare and Social Security—but Arizonans deserve answers.”
As noted in an earlier piece on Blog for Arizona, McSally finds flying combat jets safer than debating the issues with Representative Sinema. If she believes so much in the Republican dogma, why not defend it against your opponent? This is very unfortunate considering the people deserve to hear how both candidates would serve the people should they win the Senate seat in November.
Arizona deserves a Senator in the tradition of John McCain who is honest and forthright with the citizens of the state. Rep. Sinema has continuously communicated since the start of her campaign that she will fight for Arizonans and protect their access to health care, opportunities for success, and our veterans (which include two of her own brothers). Over the last three weeks, Representative McSally has demonstrated that she is not the candidate that will follow that legacy.
Even when John McCain knew he was going to probably win his Senate races (in 1992 for example), he had no problem debating his Democratic Opponent because that was the American way. Voters should consider McSally’s reluctance to debate and her hesitancy to say what she is for along with what Representative Sinema has to offer before voting this fall.