Arizona State Rep. TJ Shope has come to symbolize the attack of the Republican establishment on GOP precinct committeemen. So when Shope showed up last week to introduce U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, at a campaign event, it created a stir within the ranks of the GOP grassroots.
Shope was not the only controversial figure at the April 5, grand opening event at McSally’s Phoenix campaign headquarters. Constituents from her congressional district, in southern Arizona who follow her everyplace to complain that she had gone missing in action to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake.
One woman vet was reportedly asked to leave McSally’s ice cream social when she asked when McSally
would accept an invitation from challenger, former Arizona State Sen. Dr. Kelli Ward, to debate. She described her experience on Facebook:
“This is the Martha McSally volunteer that insisted that I leave because I asked McSally why she will not debate with Kelli Ward. I told her that I am AN ARMY VETERAN FROM GILBERT if you want to order ME to leave… say it on camera. She backed up immediately and said she never told me to leave. She tried to hide her face from the camera multiple times. Three other women that came from Tucson because McSally refuses to talk with her constituents… were also told to leave for no reason. McSally when I confronted her… never answered and left 5 minutes later. She also arrived 45 minutes late for her own event.”