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Kelly Campaign Blasts Off

Ruben Gallego said he's still seriously considering the race and will announce his decision soon.

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Drew Gerber
Feb. 12, 2019, 10:07 a.m.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly (D) announced Tuesday he will challenge Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the special election next year to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R) term.

Kelly, in an announcement video featuring his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords: “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.” (Twitter)

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-07) tweeted Tuesday morning, less than two hours after Kelly posted his announcement video to Twitter, that he's "made no secret of the fact that I'm looking seriously at running for the U.S. Senate in 2020, and that hasn't changed. I'll be making a final decision and announcement soon." (Twitter)

UNDER SCRUTINY. The American Democracy Legal Fund "has filed a complaint with" the FEC against McSally for "repeated violations of campaign finance law." In addition to recent reports of McSally getting "flagged by federal elections authorities for $270,000 in excess contributions," the ADLF complaint also cites a new RFAI the FEC filed last week "documenting multiple additional violations of campaign finance laws, including improper documentation of contributions from limited liability corporations."

ADLF President Brad Woodhouse: "Senator McSally’s multiple legal violations, which continued after warnings from the FEC, indicate she and her campaign do not take campaign finance law seriously. It is incumbent upon the FEC to prevent continued illegality in the 2020 election by immediately investigating Senator McSally and her campaign.” (release)

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