AZ-Sen: Dem Super PAC Ad Slams McSally's (R) “Too Much Of A Panicked Reaction” Response To COVID-19

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The Middle Class Fighting to Restore Arizona’s Unity and Decency super PAC’s ad will launch Saturday and run for one week.

“Martha McSally has consistently let the working people of Arizona down,” said Frank Hawk, vice president of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, one of the groups funding the super PAC.

“She showed once again she is unfit for office by downplaying the risk the deadly coronavirus poses to Arizona and our nation,” Hawk added.  

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued a stay-at-home order in the state on Monday. The order remains in place until the end of April.

The ad also targets McSally for voting to cut $1 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, when she was in the House.

Meanwhile, McSally’s opponent, Mark Kelly (D. AZ), is taking this pandemic seriously:

The state he hopes to represent in the U.S. Senate has been doing a good job with its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Democratic candidate Mark Kelly of Arizona said.

“The steps that have been taken here in the state, especially by mayors and local officials who have chosen to close down places where the virus can spread – those are good things,” Kelly told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Thursday.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide stay-at-home order this week, and he previously closed bars, gyms and entertainment venues and banned dine-in service at restaurants.

Cities have implemented restrictions on their parks such as closing playgrounds and sports courts.

Kelly also agreed with Ducey’s request Wednesday for a presidential major disaster declaration. That would help Arizona receive more support for the battle against the spreading virus.

“We’re facing a very challenging few weeks here in the state: We have 1,000 ventilators, we need probably 4,500. We need 13,000 more hospital beds. We need 1,500 more ICU beds. We don’t have enough masks, other personal protective equipment.

“Absolutely [a disaster declaration is needed].”

“We’ve got to stop the spread of the virus, and the only way to do that is to listen to the scientists and public health professionals,” Kelly said.

And Kelly has been advising Arizonans how to stay safe during this time:

If there’s one person who knows how to get through a self-quarantine, look no further than astronaut Mark Kelly. Kelly tells Arizona’s Family that he’s launched into space on four different missions. Preparing for those missions, Kelly says, has helped prepare him for the current situation that both he and millions of Americans find themselves in during this COVID19 pandemic.

Kelly sat down with Arizona’s Family to talk about what it’s like to be isolated in space, and if he has any tips for Arizonans who are forced to stay home during this outbreak.

“Well, one thing is, I think it's really important that you try to maintain a schedule. Get up at a certain time. Don't lose those other things that you had in your life before like a certain wake-up time, doing certain things during the day, and to try to follow that schedule to some extent, but at the same time, try to inject some variety. Make sure you get some exercise if that's something you would normally do before we had to isolate ourselves.”

Kelly wants Arizonans to see this as an opportunity to slow down, and perhaps try something new. “Try to find some sort of a hobby to occupy that free time. Maybe become better at photography. Learn a new language. Crew members who spent a lot of time in space always bring some sort of a hobby with them.”

Before each mission to space, Kelly would be forced into quarantine for about five days to make sure he didn’t bring a virus onboard the shuttle and sicken his fellow astronauts.

“We know from our experience that separating people will keep us safe from transmitting viruses. So we got to continue to look at this list and make sure we are doing the things that flatten the curve. We need to listen to the scientists and the public health professionals and take their recommendations,” Kelly says about the current public health crisis, referring to social distancing guidelines now in place to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

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