But she will get to go to Washington after all….
McSally lost the race for the other Arizona US Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), so she comes out a winner anyways….
The state of Arizona has TWO women US Senators….
McSally lost a bitterly fought Senate race in November against Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). The GOP congresswoman was appointed days after Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced that he’d resign from the Senate on Dec. 31.
McSally will serve out the remaining two years of McCain’s term, which expires in January 2021, and will face a special election for a full, six-year term in 2020.
“All her life, Martha has put service first — leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” Ducey said in a Tuesday statement.
“With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate. I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.”
McSally was considered a top prospect to replace Kyl, who was sworn into office in September, about a month after McCain died from brain cancer. He had hinted that he’d only serve in the Senate until the end of the year.
McSally, who made history as the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat, was first elected to Congress in 2014.
She represented a Tucson-based swing seat, but took more hardline stances on immigration during the crowded Republican Senate primary. McSally also closely aligned herself with President Trump throughout her Senate campaign.
McSally’s appointment comes even after some donors vented frustrationsabout a memo from the Republican’s campaign team about her Senate loss.
She also recently apologized to the late senator’s widow, Cindy McCain, for not mentioning him when Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2019….