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“Scary” U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly is allegedly all talk, although reportedly not much of it, and no action when it comes to public safety, particularly border security, as the mass influx of illegal immigrants entering America seems to show no sign of abating.
That is the general assessment of the politician, who is up for reelection in 2022, by National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd and Arizona Police Association President Justin Harris.
The two lawmen implied that the retired astronaut and Navy captain is just a go-along-to-get-along, soft-on-crime Democrat.
“It appears that he’ll give lip service to a topic, but then when push comes to shove, he’s right in step with his party. And we know that as far as his party goes with border security, they’re missing in action. He’s never reached out to us, and that is what’s concerning, because we have people reaching out to us all the time on both sides of the aisle,” Judd told the Washington Free Beacon.
“Mark Kelly scares the hell out of us, because it looks like he’s doing this for Mark Kelly,” added Harris. “My membership is scared that we’re one or two elections away from Arizona turning into a Chicago or a New York or a California. So when it comes to my association and our law enforcement communities and families, Mark Kelly scares the hell out of us.”
Has any Senator in history had such disaster wrought upon their state & been so unwilling to do anything—anything—to protect its citizens? @SenMarkKelly, you not only have zero to say about AZ’s border nightmare, but you’re on precipice of backing leg to enshrine open borders.3/3
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) November 15, 2021
As BPR has previously explained, gun control activist Kelly narrowly defeated appointed GOP Sen. Martha McSally in the 2020 special election to fill the seat of deceased Arizona icon John McCain for what would have been the rest of his term. His electoral success was likely bolstered by sympathy for his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head outside of a Tucson grocery store in January 2011. The shooter, who killed six people in the horrific attack and injured many others including Giffords, was ultimately sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to 19 federal counts as part of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty.
Some alleged hocus-pocus in Maricopa County and perhaps elsewhere in the state may have helped Kelly, who won by about two percent of the vote, as well.
As President Joe Biden’s approval rating in Arizona (and throughout the country) has taken a nosedive, in part perhaps because of his open-borders policies, Kelly’s own stature has reportedly suffered, especially in the all-important suburbs.
“While 47 percent of all Arizona voters approve and 42 percent disapprove of Kelly’s job performance, his net approval rating in the Grand Canyon State’s suburban communities has dropped 12 points since the first quarter of Biden’s presidency. It marks the largest suburban decline for a vulnerable incumbent senator and coincides with an 18-point hit to Biden’s own standing in the state’s suburban communities,” Morning Consult claimed on November 1.
Judd noted that he has met with two of Kelly’s potential challengers, solar power CEO Jim Lamon and tech entrepreneur Blake Masters (who has a robust social media presence). Lamon has gained the endorsement of both organizations.
The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting. pic.twitter.com/aOgpljZ0P8
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) November 12, 2021
“We sat down with Jim, we sat down with Blake Masters. From a policy standpoint, they’re both very good. The difference was Jim was constantly reaching out. He would hear something in the news and say, ‘Hey, what do we need to do to fix that?’ He was very engaged on the issue of border security.”
The Beacon provided this additional background on Mark Kelly’s history of yes or no votes on border-security-related legislation in the U.S. Senate:
While Kelly has looked to distance himself from Biden’s border policies, his “voting record is in lockstep” with the president, Judd said. Kelly in February voted against an amendment to protect former president Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forces most migrants to wait in Mexico before their U.S. immigration court hearing. Just months later, Kelly voted down an amendment that would have prohibited the Biden administration from canceling border wall contracts for which federal funds have already been appropriated.
State AG Mark Brnovich is also an announced candidate. Former President Trump has not endorsed any primary candidate yet, but he reportedly attended or planned to attend a fundraiser for Masters on November 10 at Mar-a-Lago.
“Both Masters and Brnovich have competed to display their loyalty to Trump, who remains wildly popular with the GOP grassroots in Arizona, though Trump has knocked Brnovich for what he suggested was insufficient support of a Republican-led audit of the November presidential race in the state,” The Hill reported.
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