McSally Gets a Second Chance in Senate 🏢

Tom Tingle / The Republic

Tom Tingle / The Republic

Filling a vacant seat

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) announced that Martha McSally (R-AZ) would be filling the late Sen. John McCain's seat, beginning in the new year. McSally will be eligible to run for a special re-election in 2020.

Second chances

McSally just ran against Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in the 2018 midterms – and lost. Sinema won, making her Arizona's first female senator and first Democratic senator in 20 years. Despite losing that race, McSally will now accompany Sinema to the Senate.


Think Progress: Arizona governor to ignore will of people, appoint defeated Martha McSally to Senate

The Atlantic: Martha McSally Snags the Ultimate Consolation Prize

Articles leaning left condemn McSally’s appointment, arguing that it goes against democracy since she was already rejected by the voters, fair and square. After the bitter and ugly accusations leveled during the midterm campaign, sources anticipate a chilly relationship between the two senators.


Washington Examiner: Sen. Martha McSally is the strategic if not satisfying choice

The Federalist: Martha McSally is Arizona’s New Senator, But Will She Hold The Seat?

Articles leaning right admit that McSally’s appointment feels like a participation trophy, but suggest that in comparison to other candidates, McSally was the best choice. They speculate that McSally’s biggest challenge will be winning two back-to-back elections (in 2020 and 2022) to hold onto her seat.

Was McSally the best choice for the vacant seat?

Neither side seems fully satisfied with McSally’s appointment. The tepid response to her selection (likely due to her bitter post-loss memo, her dishonesty, and her shifting stance on key issues) means that McSally will have to go above and beyond if she wants to win back the favor of the state that voted her out.

Arizona politics, amirite?



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