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Boehner’s Buddies: Andy Tobin

 and Martha McSally

March 28, 2014

Fresh off his latest fights to undermine Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program, House Speaker John Boehner is coming to Southern Arizona to support two politicians who have championed his cause of obstruction. Instead of working to improve our economy, Boehner is headlining a $500- to $10,000-a-plate luncheon fundraiser Saturday at an elite Southern Arizona golf resort for Republican candidates Andy Tobin and Martha McSally.

“The man who led last year’s government shutdown needs more tea party clones in Congress, that’s why he is shoveling cash toward Tobin and McSally,” said DJ Quinlan, Arizona Democratic Party executive director. “Tobin was criticized for losing control of his chamber at the Arizona State Legislature the last two years and McSally has promised to support Paul Ryan’s plan to cut Medicare — in Boehner’s world, they sound like perfect candidates to hold Arizona back.”

What makes Tobin and McSally such alluring candidates for Boehner to groom?


Gabrielle Gifford's Husband Belittles Martha McSally's Claim

"Roll Call"

First Posted: 11:37 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2012

By: Abby Livingston
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Col. Mark Kelly, the husband of retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), wrote an email Friday evening that was critical of retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, the Republican running for the House seat formerly held by his wife.

Kelly has backed McSally’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Ron Barber, since his first run for Congress in a June special election to replace Giffords.

According to an email sent to Barber’s list of supporters, a comment McSally made to the Washington Post sparked Kelly’s ire.

“We are rugged individuals,” she told the Post. “We elect unique people to represent us in this district — Mo Udall, Jim Kolbe, Gabby Giffords. I resemble Gabby Giffords more than the man who worked for her, although I am grateful for his service.”

In an email with the subject line “I cannot believe this,” Kelly proceeded to express outrage at McSally for comparing herself to Giffords.

“Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords.  Time and time again, she has refused to give a straight answer when asked directly about the most important issues facing Southern Arizona,” he wrote.

“When someone points out how she changed her position on an issue from August to October, McSally complains that politics isn’t fair,” he continued.  ”But when she talks to the tea party, she toes their line, spouting their policies on everything from health care to women’s rights and Social Security.”

He called her quote “outrageous.”...



'Sham' Marriage Allegations Arise Against

Arizona Congressional Candidate

Col. Martha McSally

"Huffington Post"
First Posted: Oct. 31, 2012 10:49 pm
By: Pamela Powers Hannley
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One person never mentioned on Republican Congressional candidate and Air Force Colonel Martha McSally's campaign website is her ex-husband and fellow Air Force officer Donald F. Henry.

Millions of middle-aged Americans carry baggage of a failed marriage with them. In McSally's case, there are allegations that the two-year marriage was a sham and that the sole purpose for the marriage was to grease the skids for an Air Force promotion in the late 1990s.

On McSally's campaign website, there is a reference to a promotion during that time frame.

In 1999, Martha was one of only seven active-duty Air Force officers selected for the prestigious Legislative Fellowship Program, working on Capitol Hill and serving as a national security advisor to Senator Jon Kyl on issues including terrorism, cyber security and missile defense.

According to Pima County court records, McSally and Henry were married in Tucson in 1997. Two years later on November 29,1999, McSally and her Tucson-based divorce lawyer traveled to Santa Cruz County--90 miles south of Tucson--to have the marriage annulled.

The Nogales, Arizona court document says that "the Court finds [sic] number of grounds for granting this annulment." In order to get an annulment in Arizona, there must be an "impediment that renders the marriage void."

According to the University of Arizona Family Law Research Guide, a "voidable" marriage is one in which there is "an undissolved prior marriage, one party being underage, a blood relationship, the absence of mental or physical capacity, intoxication, the absence of a valid license, duress, refusal of intercourse, fraud and misrepresentation as to religion."

Many questions surround the McSally/Henry marriage. Why an annulment and not a divorce? Why was the annulment in Santa Cruz County--which doesn't have online record searches--and not in Pima County where McSally and Henry both owned houses, where they were married, and where McSally's lawyer is based? Is there something to hide?

Was the McSally/Henry marriage one of convenience? In 1997-99, when McSally and Henry were married, Don't Ask Don't Tell was in full swing. Except for allowing both McSally and Henry to keep their respective houses and respective government retirement accounts, the annulment document shows very little division of property beyond a few knick-knacks, a truck, and credit card debt...

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AZ-02 Martha McSally Pisses Me Off

"Daily KOS"
First Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 02:49 PM PDT
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Martha McSally pisses me off.  Her entire campaign is based on the theory that her military service entitles her to represent the people of AZ-02.

I've got nothing against veterans.  Hell, I'm a veteran.  In fact, I'm a retired US Army Warrant Officer who served for 27 years.

But here's what frosts my ass about McSally:  Every time I see one of her goddam commercials, she's wearing a uniform.  All military personnel, whether active or retired, are specifically prohibited from using the uniform to promoted political activities.  McSally knows this.  If she were a serving officer, her chain of command would snatch her up by the stacking swivel and stick Article 133 in her ear so fast her boots wouldn't even hit the hit the ground.

But she's retired, so there's no chain of command to hold her accountable.  McSally knows this, too.  She has made the conscious calculation that pandering to voters with a military fetish is worth more than her personal integrity.  That tells me everything I need to know about her character.  

If I ever see combat again, I don't want Martha McSally anywhere around me.




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