Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally had a front row seat to last Friday's Armed Services Committee in the House last week. At least for the first hour. 

The presumed front runner in the Republican primary for Congressional District 2, McSally sat shoulder-to-shoulder with other former A-10 pilots while the full committee met to discuss Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Budget request from the Air Force.

She left before the three hour meeting ended, which started at 9 a.m., McSally went to a "Meet and Greet" at the Capitol Hill Club at 10 a.m.

Kristen Douglas, the deputy campaign manager for Martha McSally for Congress, said the former A-10 pilot stayed for a majority of the three-hour hearing.

She said McSally had already planned to be in Washington last weekend to raise funds for her congressional campaign, and decided to stop by the A-10 hearing as a private citizen because it was held during the same time of her trip.

Douglas criticized McSally's Democrat rival, Rep. Ron Barber, claiming he missed a crucial armed services committee hearing last year.

A spokesperson for the Barber campaign, Rodd McLeod, noted at the time of the hearing a year ago, Barber was chairing a subcommittee hearing as the ranking member on a Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.

The title of the hearing was "The Impact of Sequestration on Homeland Security: Scare Tactics or Possible Threat?

Invitations to other fund-raisers for McSally, including one held at the same location last summer, can be found here.

The non-partisan website also lists invitations for other Congressional candidates, including Reps. Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Raúl Grijalva. 

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