McSally ad features health care testimonial from her former aide, doesn't disclose ties
Sen. Martha McSally has a new campaign ad featuring a cancer survivor who talks about how her “path collided” with McSally, whom she describes as a champion for protecting those with pre-existing medical conditions.
The emotional television ad, which started Thursday, doesn’t disclose that the woman worked for McSally’s congressional office and as a campaign staffer over the years or that in 2014 she helped defend McSally's attackson the Affordable Care Act and roll its coverage protections back. [...]
The one-minute ad is a testimonial intended to blunt a major attack line against McSally by her Democratic opponent Mark Kelly and his allies against her repeated votes as a member of the House of Representatives to undo, tweak or roll back the 2010 health care law implemented by President Barack Obama and Democrats.
McSally voted for the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, which allowed insurers to charge those with pre-existing conditions higher premiums, which the Affordable Care Act prohibited. The AHCA prohibited insurance companies from denying people coverage for having pre-existing conditions. [...]Wingett Sanchez also gives Ms. Douglas' and Sen. McSally's side of the story. Nevertheless,
Douglas has earned at least $381,000 for her work with McSally in various capacities throughout the years, according to figures tracked by the Federal Election Commission and the website LegiStorm.com.
In 2014, Douglas managed McSally’s House race and helped her champion her position on the Affordable Care Act. At the time, Douglas described the law to The Republic’s fact-check team as “an experiment in social engineering that discourages genuine competition, is funded by mandates, penalties and taxes.”Republic columnist E.J. Montini today opined,
A spokesman for McSally tried to explain this rather damning omission with a statement that said, “After winning her battle with cancer, Kristen met Martha and was inspired by her message. She eventually decided to work for Martha serving the people of Arizona. ... Kristen has known Martha for over a decade and when she heard the lies being spread across Arizona, she decided to speak up and share her first-hand experience about how Martha has fought for individuals with pre-existing conditions.”
Douglas appears sympathetic and sincere. Genuine.
So, why not say she worked for McSally in the ad?
Why not admit she was paid a LOT of money for her work?
You know why?
So did McSally.The Arizona Eagletarian now opines,
As genuine and sincere as Ms. Douglas no doubt is, what does this situation do to obviate the trouble Martha got herself into when she voted to acquit the Orange Menace on the two impeachment charges? Not to mention her extremely inappropriate response to CNN journalist Manu Raju to questions about seeking additional testimony.
The Tucson Sentinel posted Martha's statement about her acquittal votes as an op-ed. In it she states,
Our Founding Fathers were clear that impeachment and conviction of a president is an extreme action of last resort, to be used for only the gravest offenses.What could be a more grave offense than abuse of the authority of his office?
The president is not perfect, and the way he evidently attempted to address his legitimate concerns about corruption involving the Bidens was inappropriate. Even if all the House Democrats allege is accurate, even if John Bolton supports their allegations in his book, even if other negative information comes out in the future, this does not rise to anywhere near the level of throwing the president out of office or off the ballot for the first time in American history.Bullshit, Martha.
It's only been three months and Martha's hoping nobody remembers her brazen obfuscation, rationalization and minimization to pull the wool over voters' eyes.
If for no other reason, so obviously failing to stand up for the integrity and dignity that should reside in the Office of the President, Martha McSally must be turned out of office.