mayor skip hall & david sanders

The controversy began during a public town hall on April 29 with Mayor Skip Hall of Surprise, Ariz. McSally claimed federal relief funds allocated to Phoenix, Tucson, and Mesa would be distributed throughout the state, and rejected the idea of further funding for smaller municipalities. 

Instead, she blamed local leaders for poor management.

“On any funding, I’m just going to be frank with you guys, OK?,” McSally said. “This is not the time for states and cities – unlike Arizona, unlike Surprise – who have mismanaged their budgets over the course of many decades, for them to use this as an opportunity to see you, as a taxpayer in Arizona, as a cash cow for them.”