Fed-up Marine has guns Blazing to oust Democrats
By Joe Kovacs
- August 23, 2009
Jesse Kelly, a U.S. Marine from
Arizona running for Congress displays a
photo of himself serving in Iraq as part
of his fundraising campaign.
warrior to Congress."
look like a Rino?"
battleground of American political power, candidates for office
tend to use every weapon at their disposal to be heard above the
Now, a U.S.
Marine who helped lead the initial charge into Iraq to oust
Saddam Hussein is taking that approach literally by brandishing
his M-16 assault rifle in some eye-catching
campaign fundraising ads.
full credit for that," says 28-year-old
Jesse Kelly of Tucson, Ariz.,
a Republican seeking to boot Democrat Gabrielle Giffords from
the U.S. House of Representatives. "If you're not going to get
anyone's attention, you might as well not waste your time or
who is married and has a 9-month-old son, is splashing his spots
across the Internet on high-profile sites such as the Drudge
Report, and offering no apologies about the weapon imagery.
people understand fully well that I'm serving my country," he
said. "I'm in
at war for my nation. I'm not posing in my bedroom with a gun."
To date, the
former infantryman says he's collected about $100,000, expecting
to need up to $1.5 million to win the race.
Another campaign ad for Jesse Kelly shows him on active
duty while serving as a U.S. Marine in
"tough guy" theme, Kelly said, "People are sick of politicians
from all parties. They're lying to them. People want someone to
fight for them in
and that's the message I want to convey."
honorably discharged in 2004 and taken off inactive reserve last
year, Kelly now works in the private sector as a project manager
for a construction company that handles commercial water and
While he says
he always loved politics, he never had a desire to be a
But that all
changed with the election of Barack Obama – whom Kelly calls a
"radical president" – and the signing of the stimulus bill
spending us off the cliff!" he exclaimed. "They're destroying
this nation, and while I'm still breathing, I will not let it
happen. It's time to be 'in your face.'"
Kelly's online ad thrashes the current
I'm tired of
President Obama and the liberals who control Congress insulting
us, calling us racist, and calling us a mob. I'm tired of their
double-talk. I'm tired of their bait-and-switch shell games. I'm
tired of being avoided by my public servants. They have
forgotten that they work for us. ...
once famously said, "Freedom is never more than one generation
away from extinction." We are that generation! Either we stand
now and fight for our country, or the great
United States of America may be
but a fading memory.
He told WND
his main goals are to "bring fiscal sanity back to Washington, to stop the out-of-control
spending, and get back to the founding principles of free-market
took over a town-hall meeting this month when its original
congressional host, Rep. Giffords, canceled her appearance.
there's "no question" the national outpouring of rage against
members of Congress is "100 percent genuine."
citizens concerned about a government takeover of one-sixth of
the economy," Kelly said, explaining Americans are not ready to
give life-and-death decisions to Obama.
are scared of a government that has grown radically out of