Aug 17, 2012
Is Martha McSally’s Campaign Already Over?
Martha McSally must be getting desperate – she now has Washington Republicans propping her up in their Young Guns program after her latest reports show terrible fundraising. The first true fundraising report after the AZ-08 special election shows McSally is already running a disappointing campaign, raising less than a sixth of Ron Barber's total.
Even with her dismal fundraising numbers and an uphill battle in the polls, this week Washington Republicans put McSally "On the Radar" for the "Young Guns" program to reward her for joining Paul Ryan's ticket to end Medicare and raise seniors' health care costs to give millionaires a tax break.
"It's no surprise Martha McSally is looking for help from Washington after she's failed to get support from Arizonans," said Stephen Carter of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "McSally is sure to get help from party leaders in Washington because she fits right in with Jesse Kelly and Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare and raise seniors' health care costs in order to fund a tax break for millionaires--a plan voters in Southern Arizona have already rejected two times since 2010."
McSally Only Raised $47,000 According to FEC Reports. McSally only reported raising $47,000 between July 1 and August 8th and spent over $50,000. In that same time, Ron Barber raised $288,020, over six times McSally’s amount. [FEC.gov, McSally Pre-Primary Report, 8/16/12; FEC.gov, Barber Pre-Primary Report, 8/16/12]
McSally Said She Would Vote for Paul Ryan’s Budget. In an interview with KGUN9, McSally said, “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. [KGUN9, 4/09/12]
Recent Polling Shows Barber With a Strong Lead over McSally. According to a recent internal poll, voters in Arizona’s second district have embraced Rob Barber and he leads McSally 53-40. [Ron Barber for Congress, 8/1/12]
House Republican Budget Has the Wrong Priorities. The House Republican Budget authored by Congressman Paul Ryan would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, and provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries, while the Center for American progress has claimed that it is likely that that a middle-class family with two kids making about $70,000 a year would pay about $1,150 more in income tax. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; CBO, 4/5/11; CNN, 3/23/12]