McSally knocks Arizona GOP official's call for supporters to stop Mark Kelly 'dead in his tracks'

McSally knocks Arizona GOP official's call for supporters to stop Mark Kelly 'dead in his tracks'
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Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyProgressive group to spend as much as M to turn out young voters This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' MORE (R-Ariz.) disavowed a fundraising pitch in which the Arizona Republican Party chair called on supporters to stop Democratic candidate Mark Kelly, whose wife, then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), was seriously wounded by a gunman in 2011, “dead in his tracks,” according to KTAR.

Chairwoman Kelli Ward raised eyebrows Thursday with the email, which called Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, a “gun-grabber.” On Monday, McSally told “KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos” she did not agree with the sentiment.

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“I don’t agree with Mark Kelly,” McSally said. “I think he’s out of step with Arizona on this issue, but those are definitely the words that I would not have used.”

Jacob Peters, a spokesperson for Kelly, blasted the fundraising email as “dangerous,” saying it “has absolutely no place in Arizona and is what’s wrong with our politics,” according to KTAR.

Ward, meanwhile, has blamed the press for publicizing the email, tweeting “Utterly ridiculous! I don’t wish harm on Mr. Kelly.”

“Dishonest stories like this are dangerous and irresponsible!” she added Friday.

McSally was appointed in December 2018 to fill the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainConservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters Donald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble MORE’s seat after McCain’s initial successor, Sen. Jon Kyl, announced his resignation. Kelly is one of several Democratic candidates vying to face her in a 2020 special election for the remaining two years of McCain’s term.