Democrats Try to Put Fighter Pilot Back in the Kitchen
Rhode Island native Martha McSally is running as a Republican for the 2nd Congressional District in Arizona. Her opponent is Ron Barber, winner of a special election in April and former aid to Gabby Giffords. Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running this ad against McSally:
McSally thinks the ad’s portrayal of her is “laughable”.
“The fact that they use this theme of Martha McSally in a kitchen cooking up recipes is…overtly sexist and insulting to any woman, but it certainly doesn’t fit specifically with me,” she said in a phone interview. “For crying out loud, I served 26 years in the military. I was too busy shooting 30 mm out of my A-10 at the Taliban and al Qaeda to spend any time in a kitchen.”
As Mary Katherine Hamm writes, “Nowhere in the country perhaps is the irony of the Democrats’ ‘war on women’ attack more glaring than in McSally’s race.”
McSally has flown some 300 combat hours over Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star during her time commanding a combat squadron in Operation Enduring Freedom during 2005 and 2006.
McSally also sued her bosses at the Department of Defense in the early 2000s to change Pentagon policy forcing women service members to wear the abaya— Muslim body covering— when they went off base in Saudi Arabia. The policy changed. She uses that powerful example when constituents wonder if she’ll simply toe the party line once she gets to Washington, she said.
“I’m a conservative and I’m an independent thinker.”
Wish she’d move back to Rhode Island.