Ex-combat pilot McSally takes on sheriff Arpaio in Arizona Senate race

Ex-combat pilot McSally takes on sheriff Arpaio in Arizona Senate race

Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally announced her intention to run for the senate seat at a plane hangar in Tucson on Friday morning.

The Republican congresswoman hopes to come out on top in a crowded field of candidates to fill the seat being vacated by Sen.

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", she says straight into the camera.

"I absolutely refuse to bow down to Sharia law", McSally says, after a narrator discusses her successful fight against a USA military policy that required women to wear head-to-toe garb in Saudi Arabia.

"I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done", she says in the video, where she admits to "talking like a fighter pilot".

The U.S. Air Force Academy graduate's official biography also notes that her squadron was awarded the Air Force Association David C. Schilling Award in 2006 for their work in Afghanistan. She becomes the third high-profile Republican to enter the race to replace retiring GOP Sen.

"I absolutely refused to bow down to Sharia law", she said. Jeff Flake in a state deeply divided by President Donald Trump's agenda.

Later, she refused to condemn Trump's closed-door description of African countries as "shitholes".

Despite the aggressive rhetoric in her announcement video, some of 's conservative critics dismiss her as an establishment favorite whose record doesn't match the tough talk in her announcement. One of her primary opponents, outspoken Trump backer Kelli Ward, was quick to call McSally "a pretender" on Friday.

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", McSally said in her hard-hitting announcement video, released Friday, that also highlighted her career as an Air Force fighter pilot and her eight-year fight to end a military policy requiring female soldiers in certain Muslim-majority countries to wear robes over their military uniforms. The Senate Majority PAC, a liberal group with ties to the Democratic leadership, wasted no time attacking McSally.

The victor of the Republican primary will likely face U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic front-runner. John McCain's memorable - some might say notorious - 2010 television commercial in which the veteran Arizona Republican promises to "Complete the danged fence", McSally is seen walking along a fence while her voiceover promises to secure the border.

"She really has no place to raise money anymore", said Chuck Coughlin, a Republican consultant in Phoenix.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said Friday that Republicans are already in better shape than Democrats in Rep. Martha McSally's competitive district even without an incumbent.

McSally is widely seen as the national party's preferred nominee, much as incumbent Senator Luther Strange was backed by the party's establishment wing in the battle for the Republican nomination in a Senate special election in Alabama against hard-line evangelical Christian conservative Roy Moore.

"Whoever escapes the GOP primary in August, they will be held accountable for touting their radical stripes at every opportunity and willingness to take stances on issues that are simply out of touch with Arizonan voters", state Democratic Party spokesman Drew Anderson said.