You hate to see it.
Things are going great in your effort to become a U.S. senator: you’re crushing your general election opponent both in the polls and donations haul, PACs are filling the airwaves and online with nasty, dishonest ads against your governor-appointed, incumbent adversary.
Then this happens… The Arizona Republic, the largest newspaper in the state of Arizona and the ostensible paper of record for the movers and shakers in the capital city, Phoenix, publishes an embarrassing endorsement for your GOP rival, barely thirty days before Election Day, from these three gentlemen.
I’ve included the bios the Republic placed beneath the article first, so you know who you’re hearing from.
The Arizona Republic:
Tom Stafford is a former NASA astronaut, Air Force test pilot and deputy chief of staff for research, development and acquisition. Charlie Duke is a former astronaut and USAF test pilot. Jack Lousma was pilot of the Skylab 3 Space Station mission and commander of the third space shuttle orbital test flight.
It begins with praise for Sen. Martha McSally and her personal accomplishments in the Air Force and military:
As former fighter pilots and test pilots, we know what it takes to get in the cockpit of a fighter jet for a test flight or combat: incredible determination, strength and grit.
That’s why we support Sen. Martha McSally. As the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron, she broke barriers in the Air Force and the military.
We remember a not-so-distant past when the Air Force wouldn’t let women fly in combat. Instead of sitting down accepting the status quo, McSally stood up, fought for change and made strides for generations of women to follow her.
“Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do.” That Air Force motto guided McSally’s time in uniform and embodies the way she continues to serve our country by representing Arizona in the Senate.
Frankly, this new Democrat Party is unrecognizable to us. If you told us even one decade ago ideas like police defunding, open borders, ICE abolishment, government-controlled health care, the Green New Deal and major tax increases would be mainstream among Democrats, we wouldn’t have believed you.
But here we are.
The op-ed ends with this flourish:
Mark Kelly has to answer for the policies of his party because if he were elected, that’s what would become law in a Democrat-controlled government. They’re planning on taking away the filibuster — the higher vote threshold to pass legislation — to push through their agenda over the objections of hundreds of millions of Americans. This is not hypothetical. Democrats laid out their strategy in plain sight.
McSally has delivered for Arizona, while Mark Kelly embraces Democrat ideology that would be bad for our country — leaving us with less freedoms, less security and less control of our lives.
We know McSally is the fighter Arizona and our country need for this defining moment for future generations. The choice for November is clear, and that’s why we are supporting Sen. Martha McSally.
But back to Mark Kelly. When your fellow astronauts have no problem dissing you in front of the whole world, that ain’t a good sign.
As they say, that’s gonna leave a mark (no pun intended).
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