By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

I don’t really like getting involved in Congressional races outside of our fair state, but when, from my perspective, the future of our country could very well hang on the November elections, I would feel remiss if I didn’t contrast yet another set of candidates in the off chance that readers in Alabama who love veterans might be interested in helping get a vet re-elected in Arizona. And, at the risk of making this too much about me, when I see someone who is like I used to be vilifying the likes of people like Colonel McSally, all I can say is, “Hold my beer.” I don’t like beer, but you get catch my drift.

First, let me tell you about Colonel Martha McSally. She graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1988. She served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and became the first woman Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She became the first woman pilot to command a squadron. She was first in her class at the Air War College. She is a survivor of adolescent sexual manipulation and abuse. She graduated from Harvard’s JFK School of Government with a master’s degree in government. She flew A-10 Thunderbolts in the Middle East. She went up against the DOD and successfully made it so that it is no longer required for female officers to have to wear abayas when off base, citing a 1st Amendment basis for her argument. With Saudi being currently once again in the news, the fact that the whole time she was stationed there she was not allowed to drive but piloted an A-10 which served to protect Saudi borders, is more than ironic. During her military career, Rep. McSally flew 2,600 flight hours, including over 325 combat hours, earning six air medals, including the Bronze Star. Martha is pro-life, a Republican, and an Iron Man Tri-athlete.

Now, here’s her opponent, Kyrsten Sinema. In 2003, while Martha was fighting the Taliban, Kyrsten was holding a rally in support of our enemies. She even designed the posters. Kyrsten’s friend and featured speaker at the rally was none other than Lynn Stewart, the lawyer who represented the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, and Lynn was convicted for passing on notes to terrorists who were part of the Egyptian cell he supervised. Rahman was a former client of Stewart’s who was charged and sentenced to life in the 1990s for plotting to blow up the United Nations, an FBI building, two tunnels, and a bridge in New York City.

What is most disturbing is that Kyrsten said, “before God and everyone,” that as far as she was concerned, it was okay for Americans to join terrorists to fight against America. Then she had the audacity to say that the McSally campaign took her comments “out of context.” There was a time in my life, many years ago, when I would have agreed with Ms. Sinema. Since then, I have been given many opportunities to “tape over” those previous episodes, and this is one of them. I am asking you to support COL McSally, but not before you do your due diligence and see if her values line up with yours. She would have it no other way. Go to to learn more and to donate.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

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