Politics Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joins 2022 race to oust Mark Kelly
Arizona attorney general, slammed by Trump, announces Senate bid
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich officially announced a Senate campaign on Thursday, eying a general election matchup with incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. © Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic/USA Today Network Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich holds a press conference at his office in Phoenix regarding lawsuits against two major vaping companies on Jan. 7, 2020.
Outspoken Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a leader in the effort by states to fight President 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.”
Arizona AG running for Senate after tangling with Trump
State Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined the crowded GOP primary to take on Democrat Mark Kelly, despite recent barbs from former President Donald Trump over the so-called Maricopa County election audit.Brnovich is the first elected official to join the race and is the third major candidate in what’s fast becoming one of the most contested primary elections in the country. But he also faces a challenge in winning over the Republican base, after former President Donald Trump has criticized him several weeks over the ongoing and controversial audit of the 2020 election in the state's largest county.
He preceded his announcement by sending a letter to Biden urging him to return from an economic summit in London to immediately tp 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.
Sent a letter to President Biden asking him to return from Europe to deal with the border crisis. An unprecedented 180,000 migrants were encountered in May. We need real solutions now.— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich)
And his landmark ballot harvesting suit against the Democratic National Committee is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Arizona AG Brnovich on opting-out of Google tracking: 'It's almost impossible'
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined "Justice with Judge Jeanine" on Saturday night to discuss his state’s ongoing lawsuit against Google. The suit alleges that the tech giant has continued to collect location information even when users have turned tracking off. "It’s as simple as this: We allege that Google is violating our Consumer Protection Act," Brnovich said. "What we have uncovered is Google systematically is collecting as much information about you and everyone else in this country without you having the ability to essentially opt out.
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 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.
Arizona AG defends Maricopa vote audit against ‘hysterical’ Justice criticism
Arizona’s attorney general today warned the Biden Justice Department to back off its criticism of the state Senate’s audit of the Maricopa County 2020 vote, charging that it was giving into “hysterical” liberal Trump haters. © Tom Brenner/AP U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about voting rights at the Justice Department in Washington, on Friday. He has warned Arizona that Maricopa County's 2020 vote audit could violate federal law.
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.
The far right is weaponizing climate change to argue against immigration
The right-wing solution to environmental problems: more borders and exclusion.An April 12 lawsuit brought by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich against the Department of Homeland Security alleges that the Biden administration’s policies on immigration have impacted the state’s environment by increasing demand for “housing, infrastructure, hospitals, and schools.
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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From voting rights to health care, Supreme Court set to deliver major decisions this year .
Over the next month, the Supreme Court will be closing out its annual term, clearing out its docket and providing a look at how the new 6-3 conservative majority — featuring three justices appointed by then-President Donald Trump — will rule in the future. Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is currently dealing with a partisan audit of the 2020 election results in his state and attacks from Trump, but he’s also involved in this case revolving around voters’ rights.