Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced on Tuesday he is running to finish John McCain's last term in the US Senate. McSally is a former Republican congresswoman who was appointed to McCain's seat after she lost a race for the other Arizona US Senate seat to the Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November. A special election is slated to be held in 2020 to determine who will take the veteran senator's seat.
Kelly and his wife Gabrielle Giffords, shown months after she was shot in 2011 at an a Arizona grocery store while she was a Democratic Congress member. Given the fact that Kelly has in many ways become the political voice of his family since Giffords shooting, especially on the issue of gun control, this move isn't entirely surprising. The 54-year-old, who has made four space missions for NASA from 2001 to 2011, made the announcement by a Twitter video.
Toward the end of the video, Kelly says he was motivated to run because of a growing opposition to science, data and facts.
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Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix is also considering a Senate run, which would likely set up a tough fight for the Democratic nomination. His introductory video not only spends a good deal of time on his relationship with his wife, but you'll notice something else: He talks about the experience his mother had overcoming obstacles to become a police officer, but doesn't mention that his father was a police officer, too.
Former astronaut Mark Kelly on Tuesday announced his bid for Senate.
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Kelly listed "affordable health care", job growth, the economy, and climate change as major issues that Arizonans will face in the coming years. "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.
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McCain's seat is now held by Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed a year ago by the governor.
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He flew combat missions during the first Gulf War before becoming an astronaut along with his twin brother, Scott Kelly. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz, during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The gunman was sentenced to life in prison after killing six people in the incident. "I'll be making a final decision and announcement soon". The seat will be on the ballot for a full six-year term in 2022.