Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep.Gabby Giffords and co-founder of the anti-gun Giffords organization, announced today he will challenge Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the special election next year to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) term.
Gun control will be the primary issue in the race and there will be no shortage of resources for Kelly to trumpet his anti-gun ideology. Giffords PAC provides a strong base of donors with deep-pockets (including Michael Bloomberg) to finance Kelly’s campaign.
The timing of Kelly’s announcement is no coincidence: Giffords is a major driving force behind H.R. 8, the so-called “Bipartisan Background Checks Act”, which will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee this week after last week’s political event disguised as a hearing on legislative responses to high-profile tragedies involving firearms.
If elected, Kelly will undoubtedly spearhead similar legislation in the U.S. Senate — which could have the votes to pass, should just 3 pro-gun Senators lose in the 2020 U.S. Senate elections.
This will be the marquee Senate race in 2020. McSally narrowly lost a Senate bid in 2018 to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. A Kelly/Giffords victory in 2020 would signify quite a turn for Arizona.
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