Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) announced Friday morning that she will run for the Senate seat incumbent Sen.

In front of a fighter jet and over the crunch of electric guitar, McSally then declares her common ground with Trump: "Like our president, I'm exhausted of P.C. politicians and their B.S. excuses". Mr Arpaio dismissed the Senators' comments on Tuesday, telling NBC News: "I don't have to talk to them".

"That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries to get the job done", she added.

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) served 26 years in the Air Force and retired as a colonel in 2010.

The U.S. Air Force Academy graduate's official biography also notes that her squadron was awarded the Air Force Association David C. Schilling Award in 2006 for their work in Afghanistan. Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner, and former state Sen.

Like few others, the Arizona election is expected to showcase the feud between the Republican Party's establishment and its fiery anti-immigration wing in particular.

"Martha McSally is Jeff Flake 2.0 and part of the Washington Establishment that has failed Arizona for years". Both candidates join former state Senator Kelli Ward, who has been in the race since October. "Now I'm running for the Senate to fight the fights that must be won".

Like McCain and Flake in recent campaigns, McSally probably will have to run to the right in the primary and, if she prevails, pivot toward the political center for what most observers expect would be a tough general-election campaign against U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the well-funded front-runner in the Democratic Senate primary.

She refused to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign.

But Democrats aren't her only target in the video, as the congresswoman also boasts of putting Republicans in their place in another head-turning one-liner.

The Aug. 28 Republican primary has the potential to be a proxy war between the national GOP factions represented by Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and former White House strategist Steve Bannon. He will face another pro-Trump candidate, former state Sen. "It will drain the GOP's resources, demoralize their voters, and expose the flaws in each of their candidates", the statement reads.

Ward, who has been backed by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, has framed her campaign as an extension of Trump's "America First agenda", although that could be more hard now that Trump is feuding with Bannon.

The former lawman, who was known for jailing inmates in outdoor tents during Arizona's triple-digit summer heat and forcing them to wear pink underwear, said supporters urged him to seek public office again despite his crushing 2016 re-election defeat to a little-known Phoenix police sergeant.

Vanessa Coleman