A political cartoon by Steve Benson of the Arizona Republic that targets U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally has drawn the ire of McSally’s campaign.
The cartoon, published in Sunday’s newspaper, shows McSally’s opponent, Kyrsten Sinema, shooting down an aircraft piloted by McSally from “shallow attacks” with a “substance” cannon and a thumbs-up.
McSally, an Air Force veteran, was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat.
“This cartoon is despicable,” McSally’s campaign said in a statement. “Martha McSally was deployed in combat and served 26 years in uniform. She put her life on the line for our country. Getting shot is not a political downfall, it’s a reality our military faces every day.
“This is another example of liberal elitists sitting in their cozy offices in downtown Phoenix, publishing their disconnected media bias and forcing it on their readers.”
McSally, a Republican, and Sinema, a Democrat, engaged in attack ads throughout the run-up to the Nov. 6 election.
On Sunday, the Republic endorsed Sinema as the pick to replace outgoing Jeff Flake and cited McSally’s continued use of attack ads over Sinema’s as a major reason.
“McSally unleashed a near-constant stream of attacks on Sinema – and shamelessly,” the editorial said. “Because for McSally, that’s how you play the game. It shouldn’t be.
McSally’s campaign statement also attacks Synema and her character.
“If the Arizona Republic thinks these are just ‘superficial attacks’, they should dig deeper into Kyrsten’s case and do the research themselves instead of regurgitating talking points from the Sinema campaign. “, reads the press release.
The Arizona Republic had not responded to the McSally campaign statement Sunday night.
“A few tips for liberal Arizona Republic hacks – just try to report facts instead of opinion,” McSally’s campaign statement said.