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Dear (appointed) Senator Martha McSally,
If you do not ask, you must not want my vote. You were rejected by Arizona voters when you last ran for the U.S. Senate. Now, after being appointed to our other U.S. Senate seat by Governor Doug Ducey, you appear to be pretending that there is no primary election in this state. But, there is a primary election on August 4, 2020. I have my absentee ballot in hand. Clearly, Republicans and Arizonans who are registered Independent have a real choice. We can vote for you or for Daniel McCarthy. So, why are you hiding? Are you really running at all this year? Do you believe you are a real incumbent who can afford to play the old game of refusing to acknowledge an opponent? You are not.
Daniel McCarthy has been serious about seeking my vote. His campaign is hitting my phone number almost daily with a short pitch by the candidate. He is asking for my vote and giving me reasons to fill in the bubble next to his name. You, on the other hand, have shown me and every other Arizona Republican and Independent voter complete contempt. How dare you presume on my support?
You want my money. That is perfectly clear from your constant fund-raising appeals. Yet, you fail to offer any reason for me to actually vote for you over Daniel McCarthy, who you apparently fear. You hide behind Kelli Ward, the two-time Senate loser who shed her Tea-Party disguise as soon as she was given the chair of the Arizona Republican Party. She has not demanded that you debate, providing you cover. So, her lack of integrity rubs off on your image.
Your A-10 pilot pitch becomes an irritant, as your claim of courage then has not translated into present political courage. I admired your fight for the Constitution and for women against the old boy club in the Air Force and Pentagon that used the pretext of Saudi men’s supposed religious and cultural sensitivities to subject American military women to degrading treatment. You have shown none of that integrity or courage in your campaign, if it is even a real campaign.
If you want my vote in November, you must first ask for it before the primary, and you must engage with Daniel McCarthy in a real debate, easily arranged over the internet and social media. In the alternative, you will be letting me know that your campaign is a sham, and that I should focus on helping real candidates pick up other states’ Senate seats. to make up for you throwing the general election to another Democrat.