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Congress voted to end the shutdown and get back to work on October 17, 2013. Martha McSally still has not said whether she would’ve voted Yes or No.

Southern Arizona has a right to know how Martha McSally would vote in Congress.

Whether it’s Medicare, the government shutdown, or a woman’s right to choose, on issue after issue affecting families in Southern Arizona, Martha McSally just won’t tell the truth about where she stands. McSally’s got big plans for her political career, but when it comes to helping Southern Arizona, she has no plans at all.

The Real McSally is hiding her views and Arizonans have a right to know the truth.

Arizona is still waiting for McSally to take a stand.


Arizona is on the cutting edge of key national issues

But beyond the issue of economic security, McSally doesn’t show much command of political issues. “I’m not an expert,” she said when asked by the Washington Examiner what she thought caused the financial crisis of 2008. Questioned about what she might present as her first piece of legislation if elected, McSally didn’t have an answer. “I’m not in Congress. I don’t have a taxpayer-funded staff to review every bill,” she said.


Candidate Martha McSally isn’t prepared to answer questions about how she would vote on pending legislation

Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally is surprised to discover that she’s getting a rap in the press as someone who isn’t forthright about her positions.

McSally … told the Weekly that she finds it “sort of frustrating to me that everybody is now making a big issue over ‘McSally won’t answer questions.’”

But McSally has frequently sidestepped questions about how she would vote on various bills in recent months.

In an interview with the Weekly earlier this month, McSally explained that she generally doesn’t know enough about the details of legislation to make a good decision about how she would vote on it.

“I’m not in Congress, I don’t have a staff, I don’t have the briefings,” McSally said. “I’m not going to spend all of my time making comments on legislation I haven’t studied or been briefed on or have the same sort of opportunities that a member of Congress has. I’d be spending literally day and night if I’m going to comment on every single piece of legislation that comes up, and I’m not going to just willy-nilly go, ‘Yeah, I would have voted for that or I wouldn’t have voted for that’ if I haven’t really studied it.”

McSally said sharing her general principles ought to be enough for voters, and that Southern Arizonans were not interested in how she would vote on legislation this year.


It’s not the only interview in which McSally has avoided providing a solid answer. She told the Arizona Capitol Times it isn’t her job to Monday-morning quarterback what’s happening in Washington, D.C.


So [McSally is] opting for a duck-and-cover approach instead.



In southern Arizona, Republican candidate McSally wouldn’t take a stand despite multiple requests for her position from The Republic, Arizona Daily Star, Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun and KVOI-AM (1030).


Arizona Capitol Times Yellow Sheet Report, 10/1/2013

McSally, however, refused to answer questions from the media about how she would have voted on the continuing resolution that would have funded the government, but delayed the individual mandate requiring health insurance coverage by one year, according to one longtime political observer who was at the event. “For someone who is a leader, she’s sure slow to take a position,” the source quipped. McSally’s campaign manager did not immediately return calls for comment.


Arizona Daily Star, 10/2/2013

“What I would bring is leadership with credibility and be willing to create a different energy there,” McSally said, explaining she would “create an energy of leadership, unity, solving problems and doing your job.”

In other words, [McSally] doesn’t feel the need to take a stand, especially when the incumbent is already taking heat over the stand he’s taken.


But McSally has remained reluctant to take solid stances on current issues, most notably dodging questions about how she would have voted on spending bills that led to the government shutdown…

Stu Rothenberg’s Rothenblog, 11/4/2013

But none of that exempts the 47-year-old Republican, who is running again this cycle and oozes confidence about her prospects, from answering an important question: How would she have voted on the compromise that ultimately ended the government shutdown in October?

And yet, though I asked that question repeatedly in an Oct. 29 interview, McSally did her best to bob and weave, clearly intent on not giving a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’ Instead, I heard a lot of baloney about not wanting to look backward and only wanting to look ahead.

But this is one of those questions a candidate should not be allowed to duck, since the answer says something about the candidate’s views and approach to the legislative process.

Given my interview with McSally and my conversations with others about her, I’m guessing that the GOP hopeful would have supported the compromise. But I shouldn’t have to guess, and McSally’s refusal to give an answer raises some disquieting questions about her and her campaign.

If McSally is as much of a straight-shooter as she says she is, she ought to answer the question about how she would have voted, even if she needs to add an explanation about her answer.


When she launched her long-expected campaign on Oct. 1, McSally declined to say whether she would have supported a ‘clean’ continuing resolution that would have kept government open


But McSally has remained reluctant to take solid stances on current issues, most notably dodging questions about how she would have voted on … a compromise bill that ended the congressional stalemate in October.


[McSALLY]: There were several budgets actually that were tied up last week to the House. And the one that did pass is the one that Paul Ryan had created and I would have voted for that budget.


…once she figured out who Ryan is, [McSally] also sidestepped the question, although she said she supported “many elements of the plan.”


In the Congressional District 2 race, Republican candidate Martha McSally also told the Center for Arizona Policy that she opposed abortion in cases of rape and incest.

In a February [23rd, 2012] interview with the Tucson Weekly, McSally sidestepped a question about abortion in cases of rape or incest, saying that “legislators are not really involved in this issue right now.”

John C. Scott Radio Show, 7/12/2013

[McSALLY]: Yeah, there’s been a number of distortions by my opponents in the last campaign on this. And so I am pro-life, with three exceptions, for rape, incest and life of the mother. And I do believe this is primarily a state issue. Although you’re right, Congress wanted to get involved with this recently. Um, and really, what it comes down to is federal funding, in my view, and so I wouldn’t support federal funding.


When she launched her long-expected campaign on Oct. 1, McSally declined to say … whether she would support a path to citizenship for undocumented workers now in the United States as part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.


Republican Martha McSally … declined to take a position on ENDA.

“I haven’t read the law, so I’d have to read it before I make a comment,” she told the Weekly last week.

When she ran in 2010, McSally was opposed to “adding ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ or ‘gender expression’ to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in anti-discrimination law,” according to a survey she filled out for the Center for Arizona Policy, a religious-right organization.

But she said she didn’t understand why it was important to pass a new law, suggesting that gays and lesbians might already enjoy protection from employment discrimination under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution or state or local laws.


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