Arizona candidate Mark Kelly, hubby of Gabby Giffords, denies scandalous yearbook photo is him

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Photos have emerged that allegedly show Arizona congressional candidate Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabby Giffords, dressed up as deceased Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a 1986 yearbook, though both the candidate and some of his classmates deny the allegation.

Originally uncovered by journalist Patrick Howley of National File, the photos are from a 1986 Merchant Marine Academy yearbook. They show students hanging out at “Halloween Mixer” that had been organized by their school. One of the students is dressed as Hitler.

What’s been confirmed is that the photos are real. What remains unclear is whether the student seen dressed as Hitler was Kelly.

According to Howley, a veteran of the Washington Free Beacon and the Daily Caller, the evidence certainly suggests the young Hitler was indeed the now-candidate.

A biography of Kelly, a then-senior, also contained in the yearbook features a photo of him wearing “the same pair of sunglasses used in the Hitler costume,” according to Howley.

See the Hitler photo below:

Following the publication of Howley’s report, calls for Kelly to explain himself emerged, but so did defensive pieces alleging that he was innocent.

“Four of his Merchant Marine Academy classmates say Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, was falsely accused of dressing up for Halloween decades ago as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler,” the Arizona Republic reported.

The paper cited four classmates: Peter Lindsey, Mark Baden, Ed McDonald and Jennifer Boykin.

Kelly’s campaign also denied the allegation.

“These aren’t pictures of Mark, and he never dressed up in such a costume. The story is false and should be retracted immediately, and those who have spread this misinformation online should delete it. Anyone using it to try to smear a combat veteran should be ashamed of themselves,” the campaign said in a statement.

In a follow-up report published Friday, Howley pushed back on the denials.

“The Kelly campaign denied that it was Mark in the photos but provided ZERO names of other physically identical students of Mark’s same height that could have dressed as Hitler,” he noted.

He also pointed out that when he’d asked the Arizona Republic whether it’d “verified the identities” of the four alleged classmates who’d rushed to Kelly’s defense, the paper had “refused to reply.” The paper also reportedly refused to say whether they’d spoken to the four classmates personally versus just hearing about them from Kelly’s campaign.

In addition, Howley released a formal statement expressing shock at Kelly’s denial. Why shock? Because he has a track record of top-notch reporting.

Look:

“As the reporter who broke the Ralph Northam blackface yearbook photo, Justin Fairfax’s multiple credible rape allegations, and two of Cal Cunningham’s extramarital affairs, I am frankly shocked that Mark Kelly would dare to deny this and at the mainstream media’s inability or unwillingness to do their job and report the truth about the candidates seeking high office in the United States,” he said.

He was correct about all of the scandals he’d exposed, though his shock over the media’s “inability or unwillingness to do their job” was a bit surprising given their abject refusal to ever do their job when it involves exposing a Democrat.

Now, while the allegations concerning Kelly still remain technically unconfirmed, they’ve nevertheless gained massive traction from a plethora of notable voices, including that of Donald Trump Jr., among others.

Look:

Kelly is also under fire for linking Hispanics to monkeys.

In 2018 he made “remarks where he joked about the changes his astronaut brother underwent after an extended time in space, saying … that he’s begun acting like a monkey and they’ve started calling him ‘Rodrigo,'” according to NBC News.

The congressional candidate issued an “apology” of sorts this week.

“My brother’s year in space was really hard on him and we tried to bring some light to his difficult ordeal, but this comment does not do that and I apologize and deeply regret it,” he reportedly said.

His opponent, incumbent Sen. Martha McSally, did not take kindly to him “making light” of the remark:

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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