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Dear Congresswoman McSally,
I deeply admired your true courage and integrity in your long fight to force the Department of Defense to live up to the Constitution, not subjecting military women to the outrageous demand they conform to a 7th Century dress code in a country we were keeping free from Iraq and Iran. I was pleased to cross your path in the Davis-Monthan photo facility, as I was taking another Army board photo, and you were getting a command photo. The Air Force did the right thing, eventually, despite your righteous, eventually public, fight against bad policy.
You seem stuck a week out, still unable to persuade about three to six percent of Arizona voters to commit, but you can overcome this reticence, if you show your military career courage and integrity. The weight holding you down is the recent history of the past two Republican Senators. You must show, not say, that you will not stray from your campaign promises.
You can do so as Ambassador Nikki Haley did in her White House farewell comments. Include in every appearance, video, and ad, from here through Election Day, that you look forward to working with President Trump, on behalf of Arizona, for the next six years. That subtly, but definitely, shows you truly intend to join in “promises made, promises kept.”
During the debate, you defended not endorsing Donald Trump in 2016 as a matter of habit. That explanation expired when you stepped on the podium in Mesa, receiving President Trump’s endorsement. You had the opportunity, then, to close out your pitch with “I look forward to working with President Trump, on behalf of the great state of Arizona, for the next six years.” It would have brought the roof down.
Your failure, to make any such commitment, has reinforced the suspicion that you will subvert and slow walk the MAGA agenda. You should be a natural ally of this president, because he is constantly focused on campaign promises, insisting that they are kept. Work with that, burn your bridge to 2020 presidential primary challengers, and you will be the next Senator from Arizona.
Clifford A. Brown