by Jim Nintzel
Republican Martha McSally, who wants a rematch against Congressman Ron Barber next year, announced last night that she had raised $358,231 between July 1 and Sept. 30.
McSally, who formally entered the race on Oct. 1, reported that she had $388,197 in the bank as of the end of the third reporting period.
"People say to me all the time that Washington is a mess, and one person cannot make a difference," McSally said in a press release. "I believe that together, we can make a difference. We can change Washington by changing the people we send there. I am humbled by the genuine enthusiasm and encouragement from Arizonans to step up and serve again."
Rodd McLeod, a political strategist working for Team Barber, took a shot at McSally's tendency to duck questions from the press.
"At a time when our country has been brought to the brink of financial disaster by Washington Republicans, Martha McSally should be honest with Arizonans on how she'd address the issues we face, rather than hiding behind campaign press releases," McLeod said via email.
McLeod tells The Range that Barber raised $318,584 in the third quarter and had $767,203 in the bank as of Sept. 30.
If there's any doubt that the campaign battle is already on, a source with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tells The Range that the DCCC will be using automated phone calls to connect voters with McSally's campaign HQ to berate her because she "refuses to disown Washington Republican's shutdown."
We've called McSally spokeswoman Kristen Douglas for comment and will let you know when we hear back.