Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BREAKING: It's Official: Martha McSally Files For Congressional Re-Match Against Rep. Ron Barber

Col. (ret.) Martha McSally has filed her papers to begin her quest for a Congressional re-match against now-incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2), in the southeastern Arizona district including Tucson and a long stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border.

McSally's Statement of Candidacy was filed on July 1, but was just posted on the Federal Election Commission's website this morning.  McSally was narrowly defeated by Barber last November, by less than 3,000 votes.

As of March 31, 2013, McSally had approximately $20,000 in cash on hand from the 2012 campaign;  Barber has more than $325,000 (and has the power of incumbency).  Barber has also filed his Statement of Candidacy.

Congressional District 2 is largely the same as the district that now-retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords represented before the attempted assassination in 2011; Barber was her district director and was wounded in that mass shooting.

McSally is the first U.S. female combat pilot, and was also the first female to be a combat squadron commander.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has made no secret that this is one of the Democratic-held seats they are targeting to change parties in 2014.

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Anonymous said...

Odd, that you say she has filed to "begin a Congressional re-match against now-incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2)". I assume you know that she must get past other Republican candidates in the primary.

I know of one very strong potential candidate who will file and who can out raise McSally in contributions. This candidate is currently building a formidable team. This person has former substantial Capitol Hill senior level experience and is not the anointed, chosen candidate of the party elite.

Mitch M. said...

Good point, Anon, thanks. I'll adjust that sentence. But, please e-mail me the name of the "very strong potential"; I'd love to follow-up. (I wasn't trying to anoint anyone. Heck, I certainly don't have that kind of power... in either party!)

Anonymous said...

no more annointed ones....time for new blood that isn't connected to McCain or Kyl....we don't need more of the same bs "yes" people...

Anonymous said...

Do we need MORE Capitol Hill experience, which one can raise more money, or who will go to Washington with common sense? Representing the district should be the top priority.