August 29, 2019 Press Releases

An Important Reminder From Gov. Doug Ducey

An Important Reminder from Gov. Doug Ducey:
Martha McSally Was Handpicked By Mitch McConnell

On Thursday, Doug Ducey reminded Arizonans that McSally is appointed, not elected

Ducey only appointed McSally after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell personally lobbied on McSally’s behalf

PHOENIX — Today, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey reminded every Arizonan that he appointed unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally after Arizonans rejected her last year. But Ducey neglected to mention that he might not have done it without 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s personal “lobbying” for McSally’s appointment.

In an interview with ABC15, Ducey was asked about McSally’s latest Republican primary challenger, and emphasized that he of course supports McSally, because, as he put it:

“I endorsed Senator McSally when I appointed her to the United States Senate.”

While Arizonans certainly did not elect to have Martha McSally represent them in the Senate, Ducey wasn’t the only decision-maker involved in her appointment process. According to CNN, McConnell lobbied Ducey to appoint McSally, after groups linked to McConnell spent more than $21 million on McSally’s behalf during her failed 2018 Senate run.

Since then, McSally has been a reliable vote for McConnell, voting with him more than 97% of the time, according to ProPublica.

But, at the end of the day, McSally remains unelected. And despite McSally and McConnell’s best efforts, she now faces yet another primary challenger — a potential relief for Arizona Republicans who have for months publicly worried that McSally’s status as a recent loser could “[make] the seat harder to defend.”

“Doug Ducey is right: Martha McSally is an unelected Senator, and she’s putting Mitch McConnell and her big donors’ agenda first in Washington, not hardworking Arizonans,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson.