Arizona GOP Rep. Martha McSally announces Senate bid

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Martha McSally (R) will announce Friday that she's running for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen.

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", she said in the video.

"Martha's got a very good story to tell: A-10 fighter pilot, a female pilot in combat, trying to get immigration reform done", Coughlin said.

"I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done", she says in the video. The 51-year-old McSally will compete with none other than former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 85, an immigration hard-liner with legendary status in the state, and pro-Trump former State Senator Kelli Ward, both of whom will try to paint McSally tough on talk but weak on delivery.

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, a two-term Arizona Republican and former Air Force combat pilot, on Friday, an already volatile race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat. "I guess there is a dispute as to what was actually said", she said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced October 24 he would retire rather than face re-election this year.

"McSally never endorsed Trump in 2016, and she called his comments about sexual assault "disgusting" and 'unacceptable.' McSally was also caught on tape this summer telling donors that Trump's behavior and Twitter habit made her life more hard". She wasn't done though, also explicitly tying herself to Trump.

The retired United States Air Force colonel and current U.S. House representative from Arizona's 2nd Congressional District announced the news in a video posted online where, in the words of Team 12's Brahm Resnik, she went "full fighter jock".

BREAKING: Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

In a race that's expected to highlight the long-running feud between the GOP's newfound populist wing and establishment neocons more interested in virtue-signalling to liberals than putting their constituents, much less Americans, first, McSally is coming out firmly in support of President Trump and his policies.

"I speak a little salty behind closed doors at times as well, so I'm not going to throw the first stone on using any language", McSally said after facing dozens of supporters inside a Tucson airport hangar.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also put out a statement attacking the entire Republican primary field. Ward's campaign has called McSally "Jeff Flake 2.0" and noted that McSally refused to endorse Trump previous year.

She faces a GOP field that consists of former state Sen. Some Republicans privately worry that a potentially divisive, lengthy campaign could leave the eventual GOP nominee politically bruised and make it more hard for that person to reach out to centrist voters in the general election.

Democrats in the Senate primary include Deedra Abboud, Bob Bishop, Cheryl Fowler, Chris Russell and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is considered the front-runner.

"She's the real deal", Trump says.

"Whoever escapes the primary in August, they will be held accountable for touting their radical stripes at every opportunity and willingness to take stances on issues that are simply out of touch with Arizonan voters", state Democratic Party spokesman Drew Anderson said.

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