Dr. Kelli Ward, who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. John McCain in the 2016 primaries, is now taking on Sen. Jeff Flake in the 2018 Arizona Senate primary.
“I, as well as others, are frustrated with Senator Flake’s weak style,” Ward told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview Thursday. “He hasn’t accomplished a thing in D.C., and his values do not align with the people of Arizona.”
Ward is bringing on two political operatives with ties to the president, Eric Beach and Brent Lowder. The two men will serve as general consultants for the campaign, TheDCNF has learned.
Beach is the founder and co-chair of Great America PAC, and Lowder is it’s executive director. The Great America PAC raised and spent close to $30 million in support of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
News of the hires comes one day after Robert Mercer, one of Trump’s top political donors in 2016, committed $300,000 to a super PAC supporting Ward.
Ward, an osteopathic physician, served in the Arizona State Senate from 2012 until Dec. 2015, when she resigned in order to take on McCain. During her time in the Senate, she had 19 bills signed by the governor. “I am most proud that I remained accessible, conservative and authentic as a state legislator,” Ward said about her time in the Arizona legislature.