May 15, 2018 Press Releases


PHOENIX – Rep. Martha McSally’s election year flip-flop on an immigration bill she once cosponsored continues to raise eyebrows and make headlines in Arizona and across the nation.

When Rep. McSally took the extraordinary step of removing her name from a bill to protect Dreamers–a rare move by a sitting member of Congress–she showed the new lengths she is willing to go in order to advance her career and fend off attacks from the right by Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio.

Take a look at the commentary below.

KTAR’s Mac and Gaydos

Gaydos: “Here’s the thing, I don’t know if she really believes this. But this sounds like right out of ‘here’s how I run for a senate seat in the primary.’”

Mac: “Pinning to the right side.”

Gaydos: “Go as far right as I possibly can, and then maybe you know, I’ll soften and come in the middle, somewhere around there.”

Elvia Diaz, Arizona Republic Columnist

“Is anyone really shocked that Rep. McSally shifts support to stricter immigration bill?”

Washington Post

“In another illustration of how the politics of immigration have changed on the right, Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) — who is running for Jeff Flake’s open Senate seat — has dropped her support for immigration legislation that offers “dreamers” a pathway to citizenship. […] McSally’s political shift is part of an effort to fend off a primary challenge from Joe Arpaio, the anti-immigrant county sheriff who Trump pardoned last year after he was held in contempt of court for ignoring a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Hispanics.”


“An Arizona Senate Candidate’s Painfully Obvious Shift on Immigration”

“…McSally had a eureka moment that changed her entire perspective on immigration. It went as follows: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who saw his standing among Republican primary voters collapse after clashes with President Trump, announced he wouldn’t run for reelection. Eureka! McSally thought. I should run for that Senate seat!”

“Her rival campaigns immediately made fun of her for this, because it’s super-obvious and they should.”

Real Clear Politics

“McSally’s DACA Flip Lays Bare AZ Senate Race Dynamics”

“McSally’s attempt to distance herself from one piece of DACA legislation in favor of a stricter measure backed by immigration hard-liners signals where Arizona’s GOP voters are on the issue, and how it figures to play a decisive role in the primary and perhaps beyond.”

“Republicans in the state worry that even if McSally secures the nomination, she will have been forced to take positions that would could alienate the moderate voters…”