Mark Kelly, American astronaut and husband of ex-representative Gabby Giffords, is running for the US Senate in Arizona in 2020.
Kelly announced Tuesday that he would seek the seat of the late John McCain, in which Senator Martha McSally was named last year after losing her Senate race against Kyrsten Sinema. The touching four-and-a-half minute video begins with Kelly recalling his first sunrise in space, retraces his family's story, then turns to Giffords' 2011 shoot and the themes he will be filming in the campaign. to come up.
"What I learned from my wife is how you use policies to improve people's lives," says Kelly, citing health care, economic stagnation and climate change as challenges.
"Solving some problems requires one thing, and that team work," says Kelly. "The partisanship, the polarization, the gerrymandering and the money of the companies ruined our policy and they divided us."
Kelly's entry into the race is a major victory for recruiting Democrats, who are seeking to win the Senate majority in the next election. He has a solid biography and enjoys a great reputation. Although Giffords' shooting finally forced her to resign from Congress, she and Kelly have always played an active role in public discourse, arguing forcefully for gun control measures over the past decade.
Of course, Kelly should win a Democratic primary and Ruben Gallego's representative is openly questioned about his own role in the Senate in 2020. McSally seems to be a likely Republican opponent. She will be a near-titular, named after her mid-term loss by Governor Doug Ducey to occupy McCain's seat, temporarily occupied by Jon Kyl immediately following McCain's death.
Arizona is one of the best pickup opportunities for Democrats, seeking to overthrow the current majority of 53 to 47 members of the Republican Senate. Sinema narrowly dominated McSally in 2018, and the state tended to favor the Democrats, especially in the presidential elections. Donald Trump won by less than 4 points on Hilary Clinton in 2016.
To date, 20 seats held by Republicans are on the ballot in 2020 – including in states like Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina and Georgia, where Democrats should at least have a plausible chance of winning the seat away from the Republicans. . However, they will also have to defend 11 seats, including in the deep red of Alabama, where Senator Doug Jones is about to run for the first time after his terrible victory in the 2017 legislative elections.