Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joins 2022 race to oust Mark Kelly

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Outspoken Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a leader in the effort by states to fight President Joe Biden’s open-border policies and liberal election “reforms,” is joining the 2022 race to replace new Sen. Mark Kelly.

The Republican, who has been Arizona’s top prosecutor since 2015, told Secrets, "The notion of sitting in Barry Goldwater's chair, my hero, is just overwhelming, but things have kind of fallen into place, and we need an Arizona senator that represents Arizona values.”

He preceded his announcement by sending a letter to Biden urging him to return from an economic summit in London to address the border crisis. In that letter, he said, “This is a crisis of great proportions and it must receive our immediate attention. I am requesting that you end your overseas trip to return home to solve the catastrophe at our border.”

Brnovich has led a national case against Biden’s decision to stop deporting criminal illegal immigrants from cities.

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And his landmark ballot-harvesting suit against the Democratic National Committee is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Discussing his national campaigns on immigration and voting rights, Brnovich recently told Secrets, “I feel like I’m the right person at the right time to really push back. I feel like I’ve been preparing a lot of my career for this moment.”

In a recent survey, Democrat Kelly held a 10-point lead on Brnovich and other potential challengers. But Kelly is not unbeatable, according to state political experts. In that survey, he led Brnovich 46%-36%. He has won two close elections for attorney general.

Brnovich said that when many rights of Arizonans are under fire, Kelly hasn’t been a strong defender. “Mark Kelly would rather hide in a corner waiting for orders from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi than lead for Arizona. And he’s been complicit in the ongoing war on our basic freedoms,” he said.

Sources said that he had a “positive conversation” with former President Donald Trump last weekend during which they discussed the Senate race. Trump had recently criticized Brnovich for not getting more involved in the audit of Maricopa County ballots, though the attorney general did back the state Senate's right to call for the review.

This week, recently retired adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard Michael “Mick” McGuire also joined the GOP primary race.

Brnovich didn’t dismiss his primary opponents but noted that he has an election and political track record. “I have a record of winning, obviously, at the statewide level, and my record of standing up for Arizona values like the rule of law, values like individual liberty and entrepreneurship,” he said.

He also has a strong, Western anti-Washington edge. “We forget in this country, but the states created the federal government, and the federal government didn’t create the states, and the federal government serves the people. The people don't serve the federal government, and I think we're losing touch with that, and I think no one epitomizes that more than Mark Kelly,” he said.

His wife is a Trump-appointed federal judge who recently ruled for gun-maker Glock in a product liability case.

Because Kelly is viewed as somewhat weak, the race is expected to be one of the top watched elections in the nation next year as GOP leaders and Trump work to return the GOP to control of the chamber. Kelly was elected in a 2020 special election.

A release on his background, shown below, positions Brnovich as a key figure on several national issues including abortion, support for Israel, the Second Amendment, and burdensome regulations.

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Original Author: Paul Bedard

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