The Arizona Republic reports:
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., made the pitch at a campaign event in northern Arizona that made plain a financial reality that has dogged her throughout her race against Democrat Mark Kelly: McSally is way behind in campaign money and is trailing in the polls.
“We’re doing our part to catch up, you know, to get our message out,” she said in a recording first reported by Arizona’s Family (Channel 3). “But it takes resources. So, anybody can give, I’m not ashamed to ask, to invest. If you can give a dollar, five dollars, if you can fast a meal and give what that would be.”
The comment drew instant ridicule and bewilderment on social media. As of 10 p.m. Friday, “McSally” was trending on Twitter with 15,400 tweets. “Why is Martha McSally trailing in the polls? This sort of stuff doesn’t help,” said Drew Savicki, a contributor to the political website 270towin, in a tweet.
Martha McSally is trailing @CaptMarkKelly in fundraising. Here’s why.
In a recorded appeal to Arizonans, she asks if families could *FAST* & send money to her campaign instead of eating / buying food.
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) August 22, 2020
Senator Martha McSally, a millionaire, is asking supporters to “fast a meal” and give her campaign the money they saved on groceries while going hungry.
I learned this an hour ago and I’m still like 😳pic.twitter.com/sw6jwF9uAC
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) August 22, 2020
Friends in Arizona, unelected GOPer fraud Martha McSally is asking her supporters to “fast a meal” aka not buy food in order to send her more campaign money. This is why the choice is clear and Mark Kelly is his name. A man of honor or corrupt garbage.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 22, 2020
This is the perfect illustration of how out of touch McSally is. She’s asking Arizonans to fast a meal to benefit her campaign instead of working on a COVID-19 relief bill that will provide food assistance to kids in need. This isn’t funny. https://t.co/VzQEJAPS7r
— Planned Parenthood Action – Text WeDecide to 22422 (@PPact) August 22, 2020
The House-passed HEROES Act includes $60B for food assistance to those struggling right now.
The GOP counter was for $250,000. That is not a typo.
Meanwhile, Sen. McSally (R-AZ) is asking people to “fast a meal” so they can donate to her campaign.https://t.co/bKjFV4Epx8
— Sean Casten (@SeanCasten) August 22, 2020
NEW: @SenMcSallyAZ is “telling her supporters that they could come up with more campaign cash to donate, if they just ‘fast a meal.'”
— Arizona Democratic Party (@azdemparty) August 22, 2020