Elliott: Sens. Kelly, Sinema must be replaced in U.S. Senate

Posted 8/18/22

First, both Mark Kelly and Blake Masters have demonstrated that they can perform well in representing Arizona...

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Elliott: Sens. Kelly, Sinema must be replaced in U.S. Senate


First, both Mark Kelly and Blake Masters have demonstrated that they can perform well in representing Arizona at the national level.

But which of them most clearly articulates and supports your or my positions on critical matters affecting Arizona and out nation?

Sen. Mark Kelly has a record that we can assess, but his record as a senator does not reflect my views.

The Biden Administration has led our country near the edge of a cliff, and in my opinion neither Sen. Mark Kelly nor Sen. Kirsten Sinema have done enough to halt the rush to the cliff.

Since the Biden Administration has come into power, the situation at the southern border is a disaster, with every sign that it will worsen. Has either senator pushed back on this crisis? They have visited the border, but to what effect?

The Inflation rate has reached 9.1 %. Has either senator objected to Biden’s policies that have caused this unreal inflation rate? President Biden on his first day in office signed many executive orders canceling well-meaning programs inherited from the Trump administration, but neither Arizona senator has stood their ground in fighting against these policies.

The most noticeable failures have been the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and policies slowing and nearly killing indigenous oil extraction. Has either Arizona senator pushed back on these policies?

The Senate is poised to add two states to our nation and to pack the Supreme Court. Sen. Sinema to her credit has pushed back and has held the line almost single-handed on keeping the filibuster, but has Sen. Kelly pushed back on this harmful action and possible actions?

Congress has just approved the $740 billion dollar Inflation Reduction Act, which in my opinion will not reduce the inflation rate but will increase it.

Sen. Sinema held the line on this but folded, but Sen. Kelly made no effort known to me to disapprove the passage.

There are several other areas that I could cite, but the point I am trying to make is that both Arizona senators have not pushed back hard enough to prohibit some of the errant policies of the Biden Administration, except Sen. Sinema did hold the line on the filibuster. So, we see what Sen. Mark Kelly has done, but it is not the result with which I would agree.

For the last year or more, I have seen Mark Kelly ads on TV. On Wheel of Fortune, on Jeopardy, on baseball games, etc.

Recently, because we are nearing the midterm elections, his ads have leaned toward helping the little guy and small businesses, but his record of support for big spending shows otherwise.

Someone, and I don’t believe it’s Sen. Kelly, has put millions of dollars on the line to see that he is reelected. That’s a red flag to me.

I don’t know how Blake Masters would have reacted to the harmful policies dished out by the Biden Administration, but in my opinion, he would have fought against them firmly, fairly, professionally and successfully.

I respect Mark Kelly for what he has accomplished in his career, but his background is not up to the level of Blake Master’s to perform as well in the U.S. Senate, in my opinion.

We do not need a “yes man” in the Senate with the Biden Administration doing all it can to transform our nation, and not for the better.

In summary, if you like how the Biden Administration is running our nation, then, vote for Mark Kelly. If you would like a probable change in direction for the better, vote for Blake Masters.