Sen. Marco Rubio Throws Support Behind Arizona’s Martha McSally Ahead of 2018 Election
By Kevin Darby, Sunshine State News // April 28, 2018
Rubio: Martha is a no-nonsense, tell-you-like-it-is patriot
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – While he won’t be facing voters this November, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is getting active for the campaign season, going to bat this week as the GOP looks to hold on to its majority in the U.S. Senate.
With Democrats looking to flip the Senate this year, one of the key races is to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
Rubio weighed in this week in the Republican primary in Arizona as he tried to rally supporters behind U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., over her opponents which include former state Sen. Kelli Ward, a conservative who primaried U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2016, and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who made national headlines for cracking down on illegal immigration and being pardoned by President Donald Trump for contempt of court. U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is a heavy favorite for the Democratic nomination.
On Wednesday, Rubio praised McSally.
“In the halls of the Capitol, the Democrats are talking. They are confident if they win the Arizona Senate seat in November, they will also win back the Senate majority,” Rubio emailed supporters before insisting that “handing over a majority to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would be one of the worst possible scenarios for the future of our country” and praising McSally as a “fearless, proven conservative” who will take on the Democrats.
“Martha is a no-nonsense, tell-you-like-it-is patriot who served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years. She was the first American woman to fly in combat and went on to make history again as the first U.S. female Squadron commander,” Rubio noted. “Martha is a force to be reckoned with in Washington.
“Martha made an oath as a military officer — to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic — and she has followed through on that oath in the U.S. House where she’s continued her service to our nation for the last 4 years,” he added. “Martha’s made it clear she’s not in Washington to make friends with the D.C elite…She’s in Washington to get things done for the people she represents. Martha McSally is a workaholic and a leader which is exactly why the Left is pouring all its resources into crushing her campaign. As only a sophomore member, Martha has authored 18 bills and had 2 signed into law — including significant immigration and border security measures. DC Democrats know if they can defeat Martha, they can stop the conservative momentum we’ve been building in its tracks. We can’t afford to let that happen.”
While he has said he will support whoever wins the Republican primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Rubio has said he won’t campaign against his colleague in the Senate. Gov. Rick Scott is the heavy favorite to win the Republican primary and challenge Nelson in November.
Rubio has grown increasingly active on the national stage in recent days. Earlier this week, Rubio called for “Building a National American Conservatism” in a piece for National Review.
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