Mark Kelly, the former space shuttle commander who teamed with his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, to advocate for stricter gun laws after Giffords was shot at a public event, announced Tuesday that he will run for Senate in Arizona as a Democrat.
Kelly’s 4½-minute announcement video does not mention President Donald Trump. Nor does it include any reference to the gun control initiatives Kelly and Giffords have championed in the years since the 2011 assassination attempt in Tucson, Ariz., that seriously wounded Giffords (D-Ariz.) and led to her resignation from Congress.
But Kelly does talk about access to health care and climate change, which has amplified droughts in the Southwest.
“We’ve seen this retreat from science and data and facts, and if we don’t take these issues seriously, we can’t solve these problems,” Kelly says in the video. “We’re going to need to bring people together from all parts of the state and all walks of life.”
Kelly is seeking the Democratic nomination in next year’s special election, which will fill the final two years of late Sen. John McCain’s unexpired term. The seat’s appointed occupant, Republican Martha McSally, took office last month after her selection by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey; McSally plans to be a candidate in the 2020 special election, as well…..