Senator Mark Kelly finally stated the obvious – after three years of dodging, lying, and obfuscating – that he will support rigging the Senate rules to ram through a radical federal takeover of elections.
Kelly has for years offered the same answer: which is no answer at all. Here’s Kelly in 2020: “I’ve studied the issue, clearly. It’s a big decision. I think everybody recognizes it as a big decision… So it’s something I will take very seriously. And I’ll look at both sides.” Last summer, local news ouetlet ABC Tucson reported that “Kelly won’t say if he will or won’t help eliminate the filibuster.”
Even *YESTERDAY* Kelly was asked in Arizona and said: “I will make a decision on what’s in the interest for Arizona.” Which, of course, means nothing at all.
But Kelly has always offered hints that this is where he would eventually end up. He said on a call with activists that “I would like to see us… change the rules.” And he said he would be open to a carveout to change the debt ceiling.
In contrast, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema just stood on the Senate floor and delivered a defense of her support for the filibuster last week. Sinema said:
“I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.”
The filibuster “ensures that millions of Americans represented by the minority party have a voice.”
Sinema has steadfastly remained in support of the filibuster as a tool to foster bipartisan cooperation.
Quite a contrast with Kelly.
“Mark Kelly talks a big game on being independent, but he’s no substitute for the real thing. Now that his long con is over, Arizonans see him for what he truly is: a partisan rubber stamp with a wet noodle for a spine.” -SLF Communications Director Jack Pandol