by Jim Nintzel
Salon names Republican Jesse Kelly, who hopes to unseat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Congressional District 8 next week, one of the "10 Most Terrifying Would Be Congressmen."
In March, John McCain's spokesman declared that the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is "backed by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites." Evidently, that view is not shared by Jesse Kelly, the GOP hopeful who is now running neck and neck with Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona's 8th District. Kelly has embraced ALIPAC's endorsement and signed the ALIPAC pledge to "use the full power of my office, including impeachment if necessary" to secure the U.S. border.
The Anti-Defamation League agrees with McCain. "White supremacists and racist skinheads have encouraged their followers to engage in activity on behalf of ALIPAC," the ADL charged last year. The ADL has shown how ALIPAC President William Gheen portrays illegal immigrants as criminals who carry infectious diseases.
In an emailed statement, Kelly responded to the Salon list with this comment: “The most terrifying things right now are the job-killing tax and regulatory increases in the Obamacare scheme that Giffords forced on Arizona.”
The ALIPAC story broke last week, with The Hill reporting on it here and Politico reporting on it here. Brian Rogers, spokesman for the McCain campaign, didn't comment on his earlier comments about ALIPAC when questioned by the Phoenix New Times, as you can read about here. That's not much of surprise, given that McCain is now starring in an ad supporting Kelly, even though Kelly called for a "day of reckoning" for Arizona's senior senator back when Kelly endorsed J.D. Hayworth in the GOP primary.
Kelly himself was questioned about ALIPAC by KGUN-9 News last week. He didn't seem particularly eager to embrace the organization, as you can see in the clip.