Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
In Blog for Arizona's new series, "Questions for Martha McSally," we pose questions to the Martha McSally campaign about her positions on current hot topics -- I am not going to give her a free pass until after the primary election is over like our local media did in 2012. The McSally campaign has not posted any responses to the questions we have posed to her campaign.
But at least we ask the questions and expect a response. On Sunday, The Arizona Republic published a "puff piece" about Martha McSally with all the indicia that it was requested by National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Daniel Scarpinato, who gets a brief mention in the report. Martha McSally eyes running again in 2014. The only passage from this "puff piece" of any relevance:
Democrats argue that if McSally runs in 2014, she will be defeated again. Democrats have won the seat the past five elections. They say she appears indecisive, after talking in recent months about running for other offices and not officially announcing her candidacy. They say McSally’s often-told can-do story masks a reluctance to take a stand on tough policy positions. Recently, she hasn’t addressed, for instance, the Syria crisis or a potential government shutdown.
McSally counters that she is doing her due diligence on running, her positions have been detailed and, with more time to talk to voters, she can win. National Republican leaders appear eager to back her, seeing a key part of the GOP’s future in appealing to female voters.
The reporter does not challenge McSally's assertion that her "postions have been detailed," which we have clearly demonstrated they are not. McSally is an enigma, whom the media allows to get by on her biographical narrative, and never asks nor demands answers from her to hard questions about her policy positions. There is not a single policy position detailed in this long "puff piece."
Yes, the reporter did the FAUX News "fair and balanced" treatment, giving Congressman Ron Barber's spokesman Rodd McLeod an opportunity to lay out his candidate's case for some bogus "analysis" of the CD 2 congressional race -- it's not much of an analysis when you mention that "Already, two Republicans have begun talking about running against [McSally] in the primary," without ever naming her primary opponents. Looks like we have ourselves a GOP primary in CD 2:
The political gossip rag Yellow Sheet Reports (subscription required) reported that Ed Martin, an occasional fill-in radio host for radio talk show host Jon Justice and a former press secretary to U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) is considering running, as well as Shelley Kais, President of Kais E Systems, Inc., who worked for the McSally campaign during the special election to fill Congresswoman Giffords’ seat, who has already formed an exploratory committee.
Is this so hard?
And there is the ego trip McSally continues on with Martha McSally seems to think that 'everyone wants me'. "McSally says she has considered running for governor and Sen. John McCain’s seat if he retires in 2016." Don't quit your day job is my advice.
I guess I have no right to expect any better from The Arizona Republic, which has always been the media arm of the Arizona Republican Party.