Ward for Senate campaign releases new digital ad: “Worse”

Jeff Flake and Martha McSally: More of the same

Tempe, AZ – Drawing new attention to Congresswoman Martha McSally and Senator Jeff Flake’s similar records in Washington, the Ward for Senate campaign today released its new digital ad, “Worse,” highlighting McSally’s hostility toward President Trump during the 2016 election, her opposition to building a border wall, and her abysmal legislative record as rated by conservative scorecards.  

In a statement, Eric Beach, chief strategist for the Ward campaign, notes McSally’s awful rating among conservative organizations and her clumsy effort to rebrand herself as a conservative for the midterm elections.

“When it comes time to choose between the interests of the American people and the swamp, Martha McSally will always choose the swamp,” said Beach. “McSally’s opposition to the America First agenda is clear in her F-rated scorecard reports from leading conservative organizations including FreedomWorks, Conservative Review, and Heritage Action.  Additionally, she refuses to say if she voted for President Trump in 2016 and is weak on supporting the President’s signature campaign promise: a wall along our southern border.  As Arizonans get to know her, it’s becoming clear Martha McSally is simply an incarnation of Jeff Flake.”

The Ward ad highlights the similarities in McSally and Flake’s liberal records, their refusal to support President Trump during the 2016 campaign; their opposition to building a border wall that would protect Arizonans from human, drug, and weapon trafficking; and their habit of talking conservative back home but then siding with the swamp in Congress.”

“Worse” will be distributed digitally across Arizona and on all major social media platforms.


2016 Election

McSally says she will “spend the next six months if needed, watching closely, learning more about (Trump) and determining what kind of man he is before I decide whether to give him my vote.” McSally also reportedly left open the possibility that she could vote for Hillary Clinton. (Arizona Republic, 6/2/16)

McSally declines to support Donald Trump for President, saying she has “several concerns about how (Trump) chooses to speak, the way he’s spoken about veterans and Hispanics and women and others. That’s just not how leaders carry themselves.” (Tucson Weekly, 7/25/16)

McSally refuses to say if she voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, snapping at an LA Times reporter in an interview earlier this year that it’s “not your business” (LA Times, 1/30/18)

Border Wall

McSally reportedly “expressed skepticism” about how effective a wall would be at stopping the flow of people coming to the U.S. illegally (The Hill, 1/31/17)

When asked at a townhall in Sahuarita, AZ, if she supports President Trump’s border wall, McSally responded "not a continuous, 2,000-mile border wall, no” (CNN, 2/23/17)

McSally said walls do little to stop criminal organizations from getting across the border: “They will go over, through or under physical barriers, sometimes pretty quickly.” (WSJ, 4/21/17)

Conservative Scorecards

Conservative Review – 38% (Lifetime)

FreedomWorks – 39% (2018) / 58% (Lifetime)

Heritage Action – 53% (2018) / 48% (Lifetime)

Dr. Kelli Ward is the leading GOP candidate to replace retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate in 2018. On Aug. 17, President Trump encouraged Ward’s campaign via Twitter. Ward has received endorsements from several national conservative leaders including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Steve King, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Ward’s campaign has an unmatched grassroots network across Arizona and has continued to grow and expand national and in-state support.

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