ICYMI: Former astronauts endorse Martha McSally, denounce Mark Kelly’s radical agenda

By: Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.), Brig. General Charlie Duke, USAF (Ret.) and Col. Jack Lousma, USMC (Ret.)

As former fighter pilots and test pilots, we know what it takes to get in the cockpit of a fighter jet for a test flight or combat: incredible determination, strength and grit.


“Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do.” That Air Force motto guided McSally’s time in uniform and embodies the way she continues to serve our country by representing Arizona in the Senate.

McSally has a record of bipartianship, results

She was ranked as one of the most bipartisan senators last year and tied for the most bills passed into law. Just this year, she introduced legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, started the national Veterans Treatment Courts to help improve the lives of veterans, and she helped write the legislation that gave families and small businesses help to get through the novel coronavirus.


While Martha’s record of accomplishments is long and well-documented, her opponent’s positions are largely unknown.

Just like Mark Kelly, we were astronauts….

‘Astronaut’ can’t hide Kelly’s leftist agenda

But having “astronaut” on your resume does not mean you’d be a good U.S. senator. Mark Kelly is hoping Arizonans are so impressed with his background that they ignore the fact that he’s supported radical gun control activists, that his plan for the eventual government takeover of health care would end Medicare as we know it, and that he’d vote to raise our taxes.


Frankly, this new Democrat Party is unrecognizable to us. If you told us even one decade ago ideas like police defunding, open borders, ICE abolishment, government-controlled health care, the Green New Deal and major tax increases would be mainstream among Democrats, we wouldn’t have believed you.


Candidate differences can’t be more clear

Mark Kelly has to answer for the policies of his party because if he were elected, that’s what would become law in a Democrat-controlled government. They’re planning on taking away the filibuster — the higher vote threshold to pass legislation — to push through their agenda over the objections of hundreds of millions of Americans. This is not hypothetical. Democrats laid out their strategy in plain sight.

McSally has delivered for Arizona, while Mark Kelly embraces Democrat ideology that would be bad for our country — leaving us with less freedoms, less security and less control of our lives.


Read the full op-ed here. 

Tom Stafford is a former NASA astronaut, Air Force test pilot and deputy chief of staff for research, development and acquisition. Charlie Duke is a former astronaut and USAF test pilot. Jack Lousma was pilot of the Skylab 3 Space Station mission and commander of the third space shuttle orbital test flight.