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Liberal group launches ad hitting McSally over book promotion

A liberal group has launched a digital ad campaign targeting Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) as President Trump visits Phoenix on Tuesday for a “Students for Trump” convention.

American Bridge, a Democratic-aligned PAC, will attack McSally with an ad criticizing the Arizona senator for promoting her book during numerous media appearances in recent weeks while the coronavirus crisis raged across the U.S.

“Martha McSally: She only cares about herself,” text in the ad reads. “Is Martha McSally focused on helping Arizona or selling books?”

McSally’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

An American Bridge spokesman told The Hill that the ad would target “thousands” of independent and nonpartisan voters while the president was in town to headline a convention of Trump-supporting students at a Phoenix megachurch.

“Martha McSally is a selfish politician who is more concerned about hawking books than doing her job as a Senator,” said American Bridge spokesman Zach Hudson in an emailed statement.

“Arizona’s coronavirus cases are rising, thousands of her constituents have lost their jobs, and the country is struggling with systemic racism and police violence, but McSally’s one and only response is to plug her book,” he added. “Martha McSally only cares about herself, which is why Arizona voters are ready to reject her for the second time in two years.”

Her seat is seen as one of the key potential pickups for Democrats this year. McSally faces a strong challenge against her reelection bid in the form of Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut who is currently polling nearly 10 points above the first-term senator, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls

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