Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) was photographed this past weekend alongside a number of other prominent Republicans at a GOP picnic, mingling with a crowd of maskless attendees.
The event was held barely a week after McSally, who did don a mask periodically throughout the afternoon, encouraged constituents to wear a mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
As the article points out, McSally has been urging her constituents to wear a mask and scoail distance:
AZ, we can flatten the curve together! Wear a mask when you go out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ã°ÂÂÂ· #MaskUpAZ pic.twitter.com/0z2zbWSaqsÃ¢ÂÂ Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) June 30, 2020
STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Arizona's 2020 U.S. Senate race is already one of the most watched and most expensive in the nation as Democrat Mark Kelly attempts to take the seat currently held by Republican Martha McSally. McSally's road to the Senate was a bumpy one. She was defeated by Kyrsten Sinema before eventually being appointed to the seat long held by the late Sen. John McCain. But even before that, McSally faced an intense primary, competing with former state senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. That battle intrigued Canadian Jeremy Roberts enough that he used it as the centerpiece of a study of populist radical right politics via a survey of 1,052 Arizona Republicans ahead of that August 2018 primary. His study was published online in the journal Politics and Governance 2020. I spoke with Roberts and asked him to explain why as a doctoral candidate in Canada, he was interested in Arizona's primary.
JEREMY ROBERTS: So I'm a scholar of the radical right. I like to focus on the United States in particular, because, you know, it's geographically close and it's, it's really interesting, the developments that have happened in recent years. And so I was looking at the literature on the European right, which has been a force in politics for a much longer time than it has in the United States. I mean, there's been a long history of the radical right in the United States, but it's never really come to the fore in the way that it has. It had to be a Republican primary, because that's where the conservative battle is fought in the United States. I wanted to be at state level because that would help me avoid the problems of gerrymandering, for example — you can't gerrymander a state. I wanted there to be no incumbent, and I wanted there to be a clear radical right option and sort of a more mainstream establishment option, and Arizona ticked all those boxes. I think the only other candidate I had was Florida.
Also, some good news today out of Arizona:
Disapprove: 52% (+10)
JUL 17-18 / 960 Vhttps://t.co/vcock6EQ9m
Ã¢ÂÂ Inside Polling (@insidepolling1) July 22, 2020
one of the sharpest drops I've ever seen…
AZ Gov. Doug Ducey's approval was at 61/33 (+28) in a *June* Fox News Poll: https://t.co/zXgHcPk96U
Ã¢ÂÂ Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) July 22, 2020
Let’s keep up the momentum and flip Arizona Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Biden, Mark Kelly and his fellow Arizona Democrats campaigns: