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Astronaut Mark Kelly; Arizona’s next senator?
WashPost ^ | 06/23/2011 | Reliable Source

Posted on 06/23/2011 2:25:02 PM PDT by Hawk720

Senator Mark Kelly?

That’s the question in political circles this week. The minute Kelly, 47, announced his retirement from the Navy and NASA Tuesday, the behind-the-scenes speculation that’s been brewing for weeks went public: Will the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords run for office himself?

One of Arizona’s Senate seats is open in 2012, thanks to the retirement of Jon Kyl. Giffords has been polling way ahead of any other Democratic candidate, even amid uncertainty about her recovery. Now the name of her Gulf War vet-turned-astronaut husband is in play.

“Gabrielle is working hard every day on her mission of recovery. I want to be by her side,” Kelly wrote on Facebook Tuesday. Though he has not previously expressed an interest in elected office, he left an intriguing hint: “After some time off, I will look at new opportunities and am hopeful that one day I will again serve our country.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: giffords; markkelly

1 posted on 06/23/2011 2:25:04 PM PDT by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

Oh gag me. So sick of the Dems riding the Gabby Giffords thing for all it’s worth. I’m sorry for what happened to her and glad she’s recoverying, but let’s stop making her and her husband into icons. A lot of people endure grueling injuries far from the limelight. What of the 10s of thousands of our soldiers maimed while in the service of this country? Yet because she’s a woman and a Democrat were suppose to all quiver with awe at the mere mention of her name and that of her husband. Enough already. By all means get well, then get off the stage already.


2 posted on 06/23/2011 2:28:13 PM PDT by MissesBush (Obama logic re: Weiner. Twitter your junk = I would resign. Destroy a nation = I deserve re-election)
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To: Hawk720

Mark Kelly: Thank You for your service.
Time to get off the teat.


3 posted on 06/23/2011 2:28:45 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President. How else could he beat Hillary?)
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To: Hawk720

After AZ re-elected Juan McShamnesty, this would not surprise me.


4 posted on 06/23/2011 2:29:37 PM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Hawk720
And this surprises us.....not!
5 posted on 06/23/2011 2:30:31 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Hawk720

You would think that Kelly would be intelligent enough to realize that dims hate the military.


6 posted on 06/23/2011 2:31:51 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Hawk720

If he’s running as a dem he’ll need a good sex scandal to burnish his credentials.


7 posted on 06/23/2011 2:32:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Hawk720
Giffords has been polling way ahead of any other Democratic candidate, even amid uncertainty about her recovery. Now the name of her Gulf War vet-turned-astronaut husband is in play.

The13th Commandment you ca't beat a dead democrat!!

8 posted on 06/23/2011 2:32:34 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Hawk720

considering how right wing our state swung last November, I seriously doubt he has a chance. there are now no elected statewide positions that are held by dems. pretty much anyone could run as a R for Kyl’s seat and win it. even that old communist raul grijalva almost lost his seat to an unknown challenger, it was only some serious last minute cheating that kept him in office.


9 posted on 06/23/2011 2:35:57 PM PDT by Jeff Vader (Palin 2012)
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To: MissesBush

Boy, do I echo your sentiments.


10 posted on 06/23/2011 2:36:08 PM PDT by rep-always
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To: Hawk720

What trash, the man has a severely injured wife that will take years of his attention.


11 posted on 06/23/2011 2:37:33 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Hawk720

ugh


12 posted on 06/23/2011 2:39:12 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Hawk720

Not with my vote...


13 posted on 06/23/2011 2:40:30 PM PDT by HiJinx (Old Cold Warrior)
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To: Hawk720

Ridin’ the wave.
Ridin’ the nasty, dirty, scum-foam wave.


14 posted on 06/23/2011 2:41:49 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Hawk720

Governor Sarah Palin; Arizona’s next senator?


15 posted on 06/23/2011 2:41:58 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Hawk720

He lives in Houston, so I think he’d have to move.


16 posted on 06/23/2011 2:42:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Hawk720

This would be like electing Sarah Brady to the Senate.


17 posted on 06/23/2011 2:43:19 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Hawk720

NO thanks, we NEED NO more Rat Senators from Arizona we have Juan McRat as it is.


18 posted on 06/23/2011 2:43:30 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Mikey_1962
Time to get off the teat.

Sweet

19 posted on 06/23/2011 2:43:35 PM PDT by keat
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To: MissesBush

I wondered how St. Gabrielle would persist in office.
This makes perfect sense.

John Glenn made the perfect idiot lib Senator from Ohio for many years.


20 posted on 06/23/2011 2:45:10 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: SVTCobra03
You would think that Kelly would be intelligent enough to realize that dims hate the military.

That, sir, is a non-sequitur. See Glenn, John.

21 posted on 06/23/2011 2:47:08 PM PDT by keat
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To: nascarnation

I lost whatever respect I had for John Glenn when he blocked the Senate’s investigation into Clinton’s illegal campaign funds from China.


22 posted on 06/23/2011 2:51:37 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Palin / West in 2012 or West / Palin. Either combination will serve America well.)
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To: MissesBush

The RATS want to turn Gabby Gifford into the new Jim Brady.....waving the bloody shirt for more gun grabbing.


23 posted on 06/23/2011 2:53:14 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Palin / West in 2012 or West / Palin. Either combination will serve America well.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

And if Mark Kelly gets in the Senate, he’ll be the Dem’s go-to guy on gun control, a voice of supposed authority no one would dare question or oppose because he’s suffered so much from gun violence—just like they did with Sarah Brady.


24 posted on 06/23/2011 2:58:34 PM PDT by MissesBush (Obama logic re: Weiner. Twitter your junk = I would resign. Destroy a nation = I deserve re-election)
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To: Hawk720

Just what we need another perfumed prince.


25 posted on 06/23/2011 3:04:33 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: MissesBush

So Gabby is planning to run for re-election? And people would actually vote for her, knowing she’s physically unable to fulfill the duties of her office? What is wrong with these people?

Not to be mean, but why do we even let these people who are incapacitated take up space in Congress (Gabby, Ted Kennedy, Byrd, Strom Thurmond, et al)? While one part of me is glad the Dems are missing a vote in the House, another part of me is irritated that they’re on the payroll, racking up pension benefits and taking up space while not fulfilling the duties of the office.


26 posted on 06/23/2011 3:13:36 PM PDT by Paul Kib (http://whattoreadtoday.blogspot.com/)
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To: nascarnation

John Glenn saved Clinton and was rewarded with a seat on the Shuttle.


27 posted on 06/23/2011 3:16:13 PM PDT by DFG (1 useless man is called a disgrace, 2 are called a law firm, 3 or more are called Congress)
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To: Paul Kib
Not to be mean, but why do we even let these people who are incapacitated take up space in Congress

Don't forget that Senator from South Dakota Tim Johnson who had a major stroke and is still in the Senate, but never speaks, attends committee meetings, or even sponsors legislation. The Dems keep this guy propped up just to keep their numbers. I can't believe the people of South Dakota are okay with this. There's compassion, and then there's just being stupid with your compassion and letting yourself, and your vote, be used.

28 posted on 06/23/2011 3:18:22 PM PDT by MissesBush (Obama logic re: Weiner. Twitter your junk = I would resign. Destroy a nation = I deserve re-election)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
John Glenn served in Congress with only half of a brain function..

Gabby should have resigned her position when she was released to Huston rehab..she looks wonderful physically its the mental function that will not return to full activity.

This Congress is such direr condition they all need replaced.

29 posted on 06/23/2011 3:22:05 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: ConservaTexan

‘This would be like electing Sarah Brady to the Senate.’

Or the widow Carnahan.

Oh dear...


30 posted on 06/23/2011 3:35:08 PM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Paul Kib
Not to be mean, but why do we even let these people who are incapacitated take up space in Congress .

In the case of Giffords and Arizona, the state of Arizona has a law where if a member of congress is incapacitated for more than three months, they will be removed and a new election held. Giffords has been in violation of this law for a while now, and unfortunately, anyone who brings it up would likely be condemned. It is time for her to do the dignified thing and resign to focus on her recovery and let someone else more able bodied serve. If she recovers to the point where she could serve again, she would doubtless be elected in a landslide. It is unfortunate that this happened, and I admire her strength, but she needs to be the one to resign, not to have this devolve into a partisan war with people calling for her to resign.

31 posted on 06/23/2011 3:37:22 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Hawk720

Bolshecrat seems to be assumed, is he?


32 posted on 06/23/2011 3:38:54 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (I'll follow Allen West out of hell.)
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To: MissesBush

she’s got what 12 months or so of intense rehab to get to be trotted out on stage at the Democrat convention ....I can see it now ... they have no shame


33 posted on 06/23/2011 3:43:18 PM PDT by thestob (Vote or P. Diddy will kill you)
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To: Vince Ferrer
In the case of Giffords and Arizona, the state of Arizona has a law where if a member of congress is incapacitated for more than three months, they will be removed and a new election held. Giffords has been in violation of this law for a while now, and unfortunately, anyone who brings it up would likely be condemned.

Where's that wingnut Tucson sheriff when you need him? Sounds like a perfect cause for him.
34 posted on 06/23/2011 3:54:41 PM PDT by Paul Kib (http://whattoreadtoday.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hawk720

Dude: take care of your wife like a man.


35 posted on 06/23/2011 5:00:56 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Hawk720

Of course that’s not directed at you!


36 posted on 06/23/2011 5:01:29 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: MissesBush
One could argue that Rep. Giffords was also maimed in the service of her country. It's not the same, but it's not so different as not to be an argument.
37 posted on 06/23/2011 5:45:07 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Hawk720
It would be a sick sham for him to run for Senate on the infamy of his wife's victimhood.

There's hundreds of thousands of Tucson citizens without representation in congress. She needs to step aside. Their representation is more important than the ego of one person or the political maneuvering of her party.

38 posted on 06/23/2011 6:15:30 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: GAB-1955

Well, a better way of putting it on my part would be our service people who were maimed in protecting our nation. That was the intent of my remark.


39 posted on 06/24/2011 10:16:34 AM PDT by MissesBush (Obama logic re: Weiner. Twitter your junk = I would resign. Destroy a nation = I deserve re-election)
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To: upchuck

Wow, I never thought of that! I hope she does.


40 posted on 07/01/2011 9:08:32 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: upchuck

Do you recall the timing of Kyl announcing his leaving the Senate re Sarah Palin announcing that she was moving to Arizona?


41 posted on 07/01/2011 9:14:58 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

No, but there’s a heck of a difference between Alaska and Arizona.


42 posted on 07/02/2011 7:14:27 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Hawk720

Politics is the next refuge for narcissists kicked out (they know they can’t fly anymore) of the manned space program.


43 posted on 09/29/2011 3:11:35 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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