Mark Kelly's Transition Won't Be Hindered By Martha McSally's Refusal To Concede
It’s been a week since Election Day, and U.S. Sen.-elect Mark Kelly is already in Washington, D.C., preparing for his new role representing Arizona.
Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who Kelly defeated, still refuses to concede.
Sharon Harper, the co-chair of Kelly’s transition team, says McSally’s silence won’t be an issue.
“I know that he has respect for Sen. McSally. I believe they will work together when the time is right,” Harper said. “But Mark is focused on his job, he won the election. Here in Arizona, he made a commitment to serve our state, not a party.”
Though he’s a Democrat, Kelly ran more as an independent, and his new transition team reflects that. Harper is a Republican and longtime friend of the family of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Her co-chair, Democrat Luis Heredia, is the executive director of Arizona’s teacher’s union.
Kelly could be sworn in as early as Nov. 30. His win over McSally was a special election to determine who will serve the remaining two years of McCain’s term.