“We believe that Congresswoman has a Constitutional duty to represent her district, not her donors, and a moral obligation to be honest and open with us about where she stands. If she’s not willing to be honest about her record, then we’ll step up and do it for her.”
Following the 2016 election, many of us with concerns about Martha McSally’s weak-kneed response to Donald Trump found each other on Facebook. We joined efforts to try to convince her to do a better job living up to her campaign promise to be an independent “servant leader” in Washington, willing to break with her party when necessary. Her behavior post-election was nothing like that. She was voting 100% in line with Trump, and reacting with timid deference to his most outrageous proposals. So we demonstrated, we called, we wrote. We even met with her personally to invite her to a Town Hall that we had organized at our own expense. Read about it here.
She dismissed most of our efforts, referring to us as “activists engaged in political theater.” Nevertheless, we persisted, continuing to advocate for more transparency. In our latest meeting on May 2nd we asked for a Town Hall in Tucson, where the majority of her constituents live. No. We asked that she answer constituent questions from the safety of her office, on camera. No. We asked her to clarify contradictory positions she’s taken in public. No. We asked her to at least educate the people answering her phones as to where she stands on the issues, so callers can get answers to their questions. No.
Then on May 4, 2017, she voted for the Republican health care bill, an outright violation of her oft-repeated promise to protect those of us with pre-existing conditions. Not only did she vote in line with Paul Ryan and Donald Trump against the interests of her own district, she actually rallied others to the cause, with her now-infamous burst of crass enthusiasm: “Let’s get this fucking thing done!”
That same day, we filed to become a Super PAC, Represent Me AZ. We believe the Congresswoman has a Constitutional duty to represent her district, not her donors, and a moral obligation to be honest and open with us about where she stands. If she’s not willing to be honest about her record, then we’ll step up and do it for her.
As of August 2020, we dissolved our PAC, though we remain dedicated to holding our representatives accountable.