Daniel McCarthy’s challenge to Sen. McSally fulfills Kelly’s dream

Claiming he supports President Trump, ego-driven McCarthy mounts a senate challenge to incumbent Martha McSally, who has Trump’s endorsement — setting up a needless and damaging internecine battle

Here we go again. Seeking elusive perfection, some GOP politicos who should know better, enthuse over the entrance of Daniel McCarthy, an unknown entity to muddy the waters and pave the path for a second U.S. Senate Democrat. 

First, some background: Decades of frustration with John McCain and his U.S. Senate colleague, Jon Kyl, only worsened when the duo worked overtime shoehorning the eager Republicrat U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake into Kyl’s then soon-to-be-vacant senate seat.

 “Comprehensive immigration reform” the slick term used by McCain and Kyl to conceal their goal of amnesty for illegal aliens, got double-time effort from slippery Flake, formerly a registered foreign agent who represented the African country of Namibia and a uranium mine operation with ties to Iran. As a House member, he clung to his single issue of eliminating pork projects. That contrivance evaporated with the lofty title, “senator” before his name. Flake’s campaign-based lies regarding amnesty, like those of McCain and Kyl, became so overt that even the leftist Arizona Republic called him out asa coward.” Eventually, he was reduced to a single senate term due to 18% approval ratings in his home state, wisely opting not to run for reelection.

Although President Trump supports and has endorsed incumbent Martha McSally for the U.S. Senate seat, she is not sufficiently conservative for some of our perfectionist seeking compatriots, though her stellar military career and her congressional service burnish her credentials.


A never-before-heard-of senate wannabe named Daniel McCarthy has now announced a McSally challenge. His credentials are nil. He has never served in the state legislature or run for any city, county or statewide office, but the rarefied air of the Potomac beckons him. The Glendale resident is in his mid-30s with four young children who presumably would benefit from having a father in their daily lives. His wife created a makeup eraser that has brought them wealth. With the brashness of a political no-nothing, he has already declared he intends to self-fund, not understanding that when you bypass donors you lack dedicated supporters with skin in the game. 

McCarthy’s arrogant entrance into the senate primary will force McSally to spend money she needs for the General Election — all but guaranteeing a win for the unchallenged liberal friend of Obama, Mr. Gabby Giffords/Mark Kelly. He has already been the recipient of Socialist billionaire George Soros’ largesse. The Soros affiliated ActBlue funding leftist candidates with radical agendas has hosted D.C. fundraisers for Kelly. Soros, who abhors national borders, obviously opposes a border wall, which McSally supports. Mark Kelly seeks to gut our Constitutionally enshrined Second Amendment rights.

National GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel unequivocally supports Martha McSally as does Arizona Republican Party chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward.


Sen. Martha McSally is by far the superior choice. Why would Trump supporting conservatives poke their thumb in the eye of the president to whom they claim allegiance to aid an untested, showboating candidate who guarantees Arizona will have two Democrat U.S. Senators?

Using a sports analogy, political novice McCarthy’s arrogant entry into this senate race should rightfully be regarded as ‘snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.’

19 Responses to Daniel McCarthy’s challenge to Sen. McSally fulfills Kelly’s dream

  1. East Valley Conservative says:

    Excellent assessment, Seeing Red! McCarthy’s ego will spell disaster for Arizona. If we lose this senate seat, our state will be plunged into a democrat wasteland for decades to come, and Daniel McCarthy will rightly be shunned as a political pariah.

  2. jojo says:

    I think TRUMP was a novice to politics also. McSally lost us 2 seats last election and will lose another one for us. I say Thank God someone has the cajones to go up against the McCain party in AZ. He’s got my vote already.

    • State Delegate says:

      Donald Trump was a known entity and successful in his own right.
      He also had maturity on his side and was not four years out of his twenties. Daniel McCarthy appeals to frustrations but has zero experience.

      Conservatives need to be a whole lot more savvy than to throw away a Republicans held senate seat betting on a inexperienced novice who will not only be crushed by the newly invigorated dem machine, but has nothing to offer other than being the new kid on the block.

      • Realist says:

        Kid is right! This foolish guy scares the bejeebers out of me, and I don’t frighten easily.

  3. Longtime GOP PC says:

    The last line of this post sums up my thoughts. This know nothing has years to learn the ropes and pursue a future political career. The state legislature would provide some much needed training for him. Many of our Republican delegation (along with dems who unitized the same route) began their careers there. AZ members of congress who immediately come to mind are Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert. Trent Franks was also a state legislator.

  4. jake sez says:

    The same lack of experience you talk about for McCarthy also goes for Kelly. McSally has other problems working against her. McSally couldn’t win the first election and has to rely on the McCain establishment to push her on us for a second try. How many times are we going to let the McCain establishment take their ball and go home if we don’t let them make the rules. If they lose they can blame us and if they win they can say they don’t need us. Win,win for them.

    More important is McSally’s allegations of sexual rape while in the United States Air Force. If you will get a hold of the latest issue of the Air Force Times, the official magazine of the USAF, you will be able to read an article concerning the lack of assistance Senator McSally gave the investigative section of the USAF when they were trying to check into these accusations. They wanted to remove, if necessary, a possible rapist from a position of command. McSally refused twice to assist in this investigation. Here reasons were she felt they were interrogating her. The VA hospitals and clinics are flooded with this magazine. It is also available on line.

    Now, before you jump on me about bring up stories against our sitting senator, let me remind you that Kelly is a retired Air Force astronaut. He is sent a copy of the Air Force Times monthly and I am pretty sure he can read and comprehend what he reads. I am sure he is keeping this bit of information quiet until the general election is under way.

    • Clementine says:

      McSally could have had any number of reasons for withholding the name and other information. As a woman, I don’t fault her for that. At this point it’s irrelevant. Who cares what Mr. Giffords the gun hypocrite does.


      • jake sez says:

        If there a number of reasons to withhold the names of those involved then why did she go on national TV twice and bring the subject up? If she wanted to withhold the information she should have not said anything in the first place.

    • Clementine says:

      I would never presume to climb into another person’s head to discern why or why not they may take certain actions. The coverage generated by the “Me Too” movement might have rekindled her memories and moved her to speak. Many women have been assaulted in the past and never spoke about it for fear of being blamed or the target of retribution. I have no reason to disbelieve Sen. McSally. Your hostility directed at her stemming from this specific subject strikes me as being disproportional to her comments.

      • jake sez says:

        Just because I disagree with you does not mean I am over reacting. I guess I could just follow along where ever the establishment leads me. Instead I would rather try to think things through before the excrement hits the fan. Yes, if push come to shove I would not vote for Kelly. But, when McSally loses you will be the first to place blame on someone else.

  5. Patriot Mom says:

    Daniel McCarthy says he’s supportive of President Trump, yet he’s challenging the President’s choice. It appears McCarthy’s own ego takes precedence. Just the type of guy we need among the inflated egos in Washington. Most of them took decades to enlarge. McCarthy’s is already swollen.

  6. Tucson GOP says:

    Am I missing something here? A guy in his 30s with no experience but newfound wealth gets a bug up his butt to suddenly become a United States Senator, one of only 100 in the entire country, and is willing to challenge the incumbent who is supported by the president he claims to support? It sounds like a joke scenario the libs on MSNBC would dream up.

  7. Trevor says:

    I think McCarthy has a good future in AZ politics I was impressed by him but he would be better off starting off running for the state legislature not running against a Senator who supports the President.

    • Casper says:

      Our opinions differ. I see only arrogance. He thinks his wife’s newfound wealth will carry him over the finish line. John McCain also had a wealthy wife. I was no fan of his, but at least he had served in the military. McCarthy is only 34 and has done nothing to distinguish himself or previously run for office. I am not as easily “impressed” as you are. But then, you don’t even use punctuation.

  8. Seen It All says:

    The reminder about Flake’s alliance with the Iranian uranium mining company was important, but you neglected to mention that once in congress, he received over $100,000 in campaign contributions from mining interests and frequently voted against the imposition of penalties on Iran.
    In other words, he was a sellout to our enemy. In plain English, that’s known as traitorous

  9. Seeing Red AZ says:

    Message to “Johnny_American” and “Joe from Arizona”

    Your accusations and threats to “take this site down very quickly” do not fly here.
    Seeing Red AZ has been in existence for over a dozen years, posting conservative views daily the entire time. The fact that you disagree with the content of a specific post is irrelevant to us. Comments go up at our discretion. Longtime commenters go up automatically once they have been granted authorization. Authorized commenters do not use multiple names.
    Since you so vehemently disagree with our view on a specific topic that you are moved to intimidation and hurling threats, we suggest you start your own site. Despite your foolish claim, we are not and have never been on the payroll of any candidate.

  10. Rand Vogel says:

    There is no way I am voting for McSally for Senate in 2020 and at least now I have a choice. There is one Republican at this point running and it isn’t Sally.

    • Braveheart says:

      With all of your bravado, you fail to acknowledge two points:

      1. You know nothing about your “choice” McCarthy, because he has no history.

      2. Your vote for this shadow candidate, creating unnecessary primary havoc, will guarantee Arizona will have TWO Democrat US Senators. When Mark Kelly wins, Daniel McCarthy will be despised by conservatives for this ridiculous, ego driven senate challenge to the candidate endorsed by Pres. Trump — who we support. McCarthy thinks he can buy a senate seat. All he will buy is outrage.

    • Realist says:

      You’re obviously not paying attention. Mark Kelly (Mr. Gabby Giffords) has out raised every candidate for the U.S. Senate in the entire nation — even longtime senators and those in leadership positions.