Paul Waldman: Why Mark Kelly would be a trailblazing senator

Paul Waldman: Why Mark Kelly would be a trailblazing senator

Kerry Wise
February 15, 2019

Former astronaut Mark Kelly posted a video Tuesday morning to announce his run for the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Former Congresswoman Martha McSally, a Republican, was appointed to the seat previous year by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. The special election is set to take place in November 2020 and the victor will complete the final two years of McCain's six-year term.

Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly's "next mission" is to be a USA senator for Arizona.

Kelly announced his campaign for Congress on Tuesday with a video that references his spaceflight experience. "I learned a lot about solving problems from being an engineer", Kelly says in the campaignannouncementvideo. [.] I care about people, I care about the state of Arizona, I care about this nation. Their high profile and the admiration people have for them as a couple was no doubt the reason many Democrats encouraged Kelly to run (though others including Rep. Ruben Gallego are also considering joining the race).

The video highlighted his identical twin brother and his mother, who became a female police officer in the 1970s. "Arizonans are facing incredibly challenging issues in the years to come: access to affordable health care, stagnation of wages, job growth, the economy".

He's aiming for the seat now held by Republican Martha McSally, who took over the spot left vacant by Sen.

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Mr Kelly is a combat pilot who served during the first Gulf War and later flew four space missions for Nasa from 2001 to 2011. "It turned out that you were the one who had the risky job", said Kelly, a former U.S. Navy combat pilot and space shuttle commander.

Giffords was severely wounded in a mass shooting on January 8, 2011.

In other words, universal background checks would not have done a thing to prevent the attack from occurring. After the election, she was appointed to fill McCain's seat, which had been temporarily occupied by Jon Kyl. If elected he would serve out the remaining two years of McCain's six-year term.

"Captain Mark Kelly's life has been spent committed to public service, and 314 Action's network of more than 500,000 pro-science advocates is excited for him to continue that commitment by running for U.S. Senate in Arizona", Ted Bordelon, director of communications at 314 Action, a pro-science advocacy organization, said in a statement.

McCain, who died last August, took over the seat in 1987 after serving as a congressman for six years, succeeding the legendary senator and former presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, who had retired. "I'll be making a final decision and announcement soon".