A GOP official in Arizona sent out a fundraising email saying she would stop a Senate candidate whose wife is a former congresswoman and shooting survivor “dead in his tracks.”
“Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks,” chairwoman of the Republican Party Kelli Ward said in a fundraising email Friday.
Kelly, a former astronaut, is running for a Senate seat against incumbent Republican Martha McSally. His wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head during a mass shooting in 2011 that left six people dead.
Ward did not respond to a request for comment, but after this story’s publication attacked reporters on Twitter ― including this one ― claiming they wrote “dishonest stories about me for clicks.” She did not respond to a follow-up inquiry from HuffPost.
Unfortunately, after years of being on the receiving end of #FakeNews, I’m used to emails like this whenever reporters write dishonest stories about me for clicks. Redeem yourselves, be honest! @jscros @JustineColeman8 @gregorykorte @SebastianMurdoc @yvonnewingett @ColbyItkowitz pic.twitter.com/jPM09KkXV0
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) September 6, 2019
Ward’s email cites a 2015 CNN interview in which Kelly argued that more guns make people less safe, Bloomberg reported. Ward, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and the NRA, made news earlier this year when it was revealed she enlisted the help of a volunteer who had posted racist messages on social media, AZ Central reported.
This story has been updated with a tweet from Ward.