Republican Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona complained in early June about how she is identified with President Donald Trump, and how he is going to take her down along with the GOP.
Tucson Weekly obtained an audio recording of McSally telling the Arizona Bankers Association in a private meeting how Trump and his tweeting was causing "distractions" in the lead up to the 2018 mid-term elections:
It's basically being taken out on me. Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. And we're going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 28 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat. And 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 also said she was being forced to "navigate in the political theater," and that she doesn't enjoy it.
"It actually drains me," she added.
She told the bankers how the Republicans want to repeal the Consumer Protection Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform that were put in place to protect people's money after the Wall Street financial meltdown in 2008:
Within the public, there is often a perception that we had the financial meltdown and then Dodd-Frank was good and it was, you know, saving us from future financial meltdowns. You guys are all experts in the industry and you know that's not the truth.
Really, what Dodd-Frank did, was it provided additional compliance and legislative regulations and more burdens upon you. It doesn't actually protect the consumer anymore, it just adds more paperwork and compliance.
A Public Policy Polling report from May 12 found that McSally had a 57 percent unfavorable job performance rating among voters, and a 36 percent favorable number.
When matched against a non-existent Democratic opponent, McSally got 43 percent of voter support, while the generic opponent received 50 percent.
Kristen Randall, the leader of Indivisible Southern Arizona, told Tucson Weekly that McSally's job is answering to voters:
That's her job. When there's going to be a vote, we want a statement. We want a dialogue. And she's not giving it to us. She seems really put out ... She's a leader in our community and that is part of her job. There's a human component to her job that she very obviously does not enjoy...
I'm pretty angry that she was willing to talk to out-of-district bankers but she's not willing to talk to us.
Sources: Tucson Weekly, Public Policy Polling via Perma.cc / Photo Credit: Glenn Fawcett via U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Flickr