United States Representative Martha McSally of the second district of Arizona has some concerns about Donald Trump, and obviously they’re hardly unfounded.
However, with leaked comments from the Representative having her at least as concerned with the impact of Trump’s behavior on her re-election chances as on the actual human beings of her district, she obviously is getting what’s coming to her re-election wise.
McSally was giving a private, closed door to speech to the Arizona Bankers Association, with 5 local Democratic activists having ordered tickets to the event but only one making it in. One of the activists, Kristen Randall, the leader of Indivisible Southern Arizona laughingly quipped to local media that the McSally team “caught on” to them.
Four of the five activists got emails shortly before the event telling them their tickets had been revoked, but that fifth person, whose identity is private, made it in and is the one who taped Rep. McSally’s remarks.
Rep. McSally, in her remarks, griped about the apparent public expectation for her to act as a “pundit” and respond when Trump does something dumb and/or dangerous.
‘There’s just an element out there that’s just, like, so against the president. Like they just can’t see straight. And all of a sudden on January 20, I’m like his twin sister to them. And I’m, like, responsible for everything he does, and tweets and says. And they want me to be spending my time as a pundit. “I disagree with that. I agree with this.” I have a job in the legislature!’
Sure, you have a job in the legislature, Rep. McSally, but there are human beings in your Congressional district who have no doubt been terrified by some of the public statements and behavior of the sitting President of the United States, who is of your party and who you no doubt voted for and are thus tied to.
Rep. McSally got even more grim in her assessment of the impact of the situation on her personally, again seemingly completely ignoring the people in her district and the impact of the President’s behavior on them.
She predicted that the president’s behavior would have a negative impact on her re-election chances and those of her GOP colleagues, in what’s actually something quite good for the two thirds of the United States and the people in her district who don’t approve of the president.
‘Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. And we’re going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 28 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat. And right now, it doesn’t matter that it’s me, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done. I have an ‘R’ next to my name and right now, this environment would have me not prevail.’
Well, McSally, we can only hope that you’re right.
For what it’s worth, Tucson Weekly, which got its hands on the full recording of her remarks, notes that she could have just been doing the “ol’ fear-mongering-for-dollars act.”
Recent polls, according to Tucson Weekly, have shown McSally losing to a generic Democrat by 7 percent. McSally was originally elected in 2014.
For more on this story, see video below:
Featured Image via Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images.