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‘Don’t Eat’: Sen. Martha McSally Tells Supporters To Give Her The Money They’ve Saved For Food

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Sinking in the polls, embattled Arizona Sen. Martha McSally (R) has cooked up a desperate fundraising scheme: She wants supporters not to buy food and give her the money that they save for her campaign.

“We’re doing our best to catch up, you know, to get our message out,” she told backers in an audio recording of a recent meeting in northern Arizona obtained by CBS affiliate KPHO-TV. “But it takes resources … if you can give $5, $10. If you can, fast a meal and give what that would be.”

Critics were quick to point out that this is the same senator who voted for tax cuts for corporations and billionaires.

McSally is struggling against her Democratic rival, former astronaut Mark Kelly — the husband of shooting survivor and former Rep. Gabby Giffords — who is polling at least five points ahead of the Republican. He also reportedly had more than twice the campaign cash on hand as McSally did in mid-July.

After the comments were leaked to the press, officials with her campaign claimed that McSally was joking about skipping a meal — though she didn’t sound like she was joking.

“This is a dumb non-story about a candidate making a joke on the stump,” campaign spokesperson Caroline Anderegg told the Arizona Republic. She said McSally would “literally give the shirt off her back for anyone.”

Twitter users weren’t buying it: