Martha McSally, Ron Barber square off for Giffords’ old seat


Congressional District 2 candidate Martha McSally and Congressman Ron Barber patiently wait backstage at the Buena Performing Arts Center just seconds before being introduced during Wednesday’s forum in Sierra Vista. / Mark Levy/ HeraldReview

By David Mendez

Tucson Weekly

At their first face-to-face forum Wednesday night, Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally was the first to go on the offensive, questioning her Democratic rival’s personal stands.

While Democratic incumbent Ron Barber was temporarily pushed into a defensive role, he found an opening and soon took an offensive against her.

The forum, which is one of just two scheduled between the two candidates for Arizona’s Congressional District 2 seat, required the candidates respond to 10 questions prepared by the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce and one question from the respective opponent.

The finger pointing between the two became especially heated when McSally asked Barber if he will apologize for an ad questioning her integrity, paid for by the Democratic House leadership.

“Will you not apologize to me? Right now?,” the GOP candidate asked.


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