McSally, who currently represents southeastern Arizona (CD 2) in the House of Representatives, declared her candidacy for the Senate on January 12, a day she made a whirlwind announcement tour, and spoke on the Courthouse steps, following the footsteps of Senator McCain, Senator Goldwater, and many other Republican candidates.
Watch that announcement here.
On Thursday, McSally was back in Prescott and sat down at the Hassayampa Inn for a one-on-one interview with Prescott eNews. Interviews of this sort are always squeezed in between other appointments, so the time was limited, but that didn’t hold McSally back. Explaining that you can’t complain about something unless you’re willing to do something about it, her passion and enthusiasm were evident as she packed about 30 minutes of conversation into nearly 15 minutes. Seldom stopping to take a breath, the former fighter pilot (first US female pilot to fly a combat aircraft, by the way) answered questions and shared her perspective on everything from the government shutdown (she calls it "reckless and unnecessary"), to the country’s core values.
Her mantra is "service first and getting things done," something that appears to be a recurring theme throughout her life. Don’t expect her to always follow standard policy - she’s not afraid to stand up against the bureaucracy and the status quo if it’s for something she believes in.
While in the military, McSally sued the Department of Defense over the requirement to wear muslim garb while in Saudi Arabia. As a Congresswoman, McSally pushed for the funding of the A-10 fighter plane. She helped overcome an Army regulation that said Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from WWII were not eligible for burial at Arlington Cemetery. Not only did she sponsor legislation to withhold paychecks from Congress during the shutdown, she was the first of the Arizona representatives to voluntarily refuse her paycheck when the shutdown occurred.
Earlier today, I sent a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay during the current gov't shutdown. I cannot in good faith get paid while our troops and border patrol agents worry if their families will be able to afford groceries and gas. #SchumerShutdown pic.twitter.com/C8YOvvPv51— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) January 21, 2018
McSally herself said it, "I’m not a bystander. I... take the bull by the horns, and I’m going to be a leader on these issues." So, hold on, because it’s obvious that when McSally has a target in her sights, the bull she rides will be determined and decisive.