During a private speech to the Arizona Bankers Association last week, GOP Rep. Martha McSally (Ariz.) complained about President Trump’s Twitter habit and expressed her fear that Republicans will lose the House to Democrats because of of the “distraction” they create.
“Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship,” McSally reportedly said. “And we’re going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 23 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat.”
Pointing to polls that show Republicans losing to generic Democratic candidates, McSally said that voters are voting Republicans out of office. “Right now, it doesn’t matter that it’s me, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done. I have an ‘R’ next to my name and right now, this environment would have me not prevail,” McSally said, noting, “There’s just an element out there that’s just, like, so against the president.”
She told the bankers that all of the controversy surrounding President Trump is affecting her own job. “And all of a sudden on Jan. 20, I’m like his twin sister to them. And I’m, like, responsible for everything he does, and tweets and says. And they want me to be spending my time as a pundit. ‘I disagree with that. I agree with this.’ I have a job in the legislature.”
Today, Democrats control 193 seats. They need to occupy 24 seats to get to a majority in the House.
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