Martha McSally, Air Force Pilot, About Rick Santorum: ‘I Wanted to Kick Him in the Jimmy’
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Martha McSally, a Republican candidate to fill former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ congressional seat, made national headlines today by telling Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum that she wanted “to kick him in the jimmy.”
During an interview Friday morning on Fox & Friends, McSally responded to comments made by Santorum about talk of the military easing up on rules for women in combat. In an interview Santorum said that move could compromise the interests of mission because of “other types of emotions that are involved.”
“I agree with many of the things that Rick Santorum says,” McSally said. “But when I heard this I really just wanted to go kick him in the jimmy.”
In 1994, McSally was the Air Force’s first woman to fly in combat.
In 2001, McSally sued the Pentagon over its requirement that military women serving in Saudi Arabia wear abayas, or traditional black Muslim cloaks, off base. She said the practice was offensive to her as a Christian.
After the Supreme Court agreed, McSally said the military retaliated against her by giving her poor performance reviews and deeming her unfit for leadership positions. She vowed to continue a legal battle against the Air Force until her career prospects were restored.
Then in 2004, she was named commander of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s 354th Fighter Squadron, a position she held until 2006. She dropped her suit at the time.
She commanded a squadron of A-10 attack jets in Afghanistan.