GOP operative: “For her to flip-flop so late in the game is just embarrassing”
PHOENIX – News reports continue to highlight how Congresswoman Martha McSally is succumbing to primary pressure from Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio, most recently by announcing her opposition to an immigration bill she had co-sponsored.
This move illustrates just how far Rep. McSally and the GOP candidates are willing to go to survive the increasingly divisive primary.
Arizona Republic: Rep. McSally shifts support to stricter immigration bill
BY: Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen
"U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has dropped her support for immigration-reform legislation that offers a pathway to citizenship for undocumented dreamers in favor of a less generous alternative that also would sharply reduce legal immigration." [...]
"The move comes as McSally is facing two rival conservatives seeking this year's Republican nomination for the state’s open Senate seat and as she has taken a harder line on border security and other issues in advance of a combative Republican primary." [...]
"Regardless, McSally made clear Thursday she intends to pursue a different course than the one she backed last year." [...]
"McSally is running against Kelli Ward, a former state senator, and Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff. Both are immigration hardliners who have enthusiastically supported President Donald Trump's call for a wall along the southern border.
Eric Beach, Ward's lead strategist, said McSally's move illustrates what he describes as a political "identity crisis" that has plagued her since she launched her campaign in January.
'She has to run on her record and she's never gone through the ringer statewide like she is now,' Beach told The Arizona Republic. 'Unfortunately for her, I think she's being exposed.'
He said Ward will continue to press her consistent 'pro-border, pro-law' message, one he says will play well with voters over a candidate who "seems to sway on the issues when it's to their political" benefit.
Chad Willems, Arpaio's campaign manager, also attacked McSally's shifting support on immigration-related legislation.
'It’s no shock that McSally has been changing positions on key policy issues since she decided to run for higher office,' Willems said in a written statement. 'But for her to flip-flop so late in the game is just embarrassing.'"