Martha McSally Says “Buh-Bye” to Senate

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) bid “adieu” to the U.S. Senate yesterday. As reported by her hometown newspaper the Arizona Republic, “Defeated for the second time in three years, Sen. Martha McSally delivered her farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, thanking Gov. Doug Ducey for appointing her and sounding like someone who knows her political career is over.”

McSally was defeated by former astronaut and retired Navy captain Mark Kelly, a Democrat who flipped the Senate seat in traditionally conservative Arizona. She hasn’t exactly been a stand-out performer. Her political career began with a loss in her bid to represent the second Congressional district of Tucson after a 2011 massacre left then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., maimed and unable to continue. McSally lost, then won, House races in that district before falling short with Arizona voters in Senate runs in 2018 and 2020.

In her speech, McSally harkened back to her days as an Air Force pilot, saying, “Accepting the governor’s appointment to be a member of the world’s most prestigious and powerful governing body was, like most missions in my life, a high-risk, high-purpose endeavor. Becoming a U.S. senator was the ultimate expression of one of my life principles: ‘Do things afraid.’ I took on the mission with my eyes wide open. I gave it my all and I left it all in a field in my fight for the Grand Canyon State.”

McSally aligned herself squarely with Donald Trump, voting for his Supreme Court and federal judgeship nominees. She also had supported Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and do away with protections for individuals with preexisting conditions.

But the transactional Trump didn’t exactly return the love. In the late days of the campaign during a rally in Goodyear, Az., Trump gave her the bum’s rush by calling her up on stage with him and then giving her one minute to speak.

After her Senate floor goodbye speech, McSally then flouted Congressional restrictions for combating the spread of the coronavirus by staging a photo session with those who will soon be her former staff members in a hallway near the Senate floor. She and many others were not wearing masks and eventually the Senate Sergeant at Arms staff broke up the selfie session.

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