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Buzz Aldrin Gives Awesome Endorsement to McSally with Coded Fighter Pilot Message
By Joe Saunders
October 25, 2020 at 2:50pm
More than 50 years past the height of his fame in the legendary Apollo 11 moon landing, astronaut Buzz Aldrin can still cause a buzz in the political world.
The man whose lunar salute to the American flag is etched in the national memory jumped very much into the political present on Friday with a Twitter post predicting victory for Republican Arizona Sen. Martha McSally in her tightly contested election fight.
The fact that McSally’s opponent, Democratic Mark Kelly, is a fellow astronaut of Aldrin’s just gave Aldrin’s endorsement added weight.
And the fact that Aldrin — a national hero by any accounting — used fighter-pilot lingo in his post made the move no doubt McSally’s coolest endorsement yet.
“Martha, check six — Mark?” Aldrin wrote.
He signed off: “Buzz — over 100 jet hours in Arizona.”
In a Twitter post, Aldrin explained the code:
“12 o’clock is straight ahead. 6 o’clock is behind. Fighter pilots understand what ‘check six’ means in FTR lingo talk. Martha, wave as you move ahead past Mark, to 12 o’clock, and you win for Arizona!”
In other words, McSally is putting Kelly in her exhaust en route to re-election to the Senate seat she’s filled since January 2019 (formerly held by the late Republican Sen. John McCain, the seat was filled first by former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl.)
In endorsing McSally, Aldrin is doing more than taking sides against a fellow astronaut (Kelly is a U.S. Navy captain whose service with NASA included three space shuttle missions as well as time aboard the International Space Station, according to Space.com).
Aldrin was stepping into one of the fiercest Senate fights of the 2020 election year — and on the underdog’s side at that.
McSally, a special target of the liberal media in Washington — has been trailing Kelly in polls throughout most of the campaign and was behind in the RealClearPolitics polling average by 5.6 points as of Friday.
However, two polls reported by Breitbart on Friday showed McSally ahead of Kelly. And McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot who was the first American woman to fly in combat, shows no sign of going down without a fight.
This was supposed to be something personal. Not buying it.
The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations told PolitiFact that the banner that Kelly took to space aboard Discovery in 2006 was made expressly for him by the National Committee, in honor of his shuttle flight and his participation in the Young Leaders Forum.
Here is why three astronauts support McSally:
“We remember a not-so-distant past when the Air Force wouldn’t let women fly in combat. Instead of sitting down accepting the status quo, McSally stood up, fought for change and made strides for generations of women to follow her,” astronauts Tom Stafford, Charlie Duke and Jack Lousma wrote in an OpEd recently published in The Arizona Central.
The astronauts say that while McSally has a record of accomplishments to point to, Kelly’s positions remain largely unknown. The three are accusing Kelly of hiding his left-wing agenda behind the word “astronaut.”
Mark Kelly kicked off a “mission for Arizona” Saturday as he launched his U.S. Senate campaign with a rally in Tucson, the city where his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, survived a shooting when she was a congresswoman. That attack in 2011 led Kelly to leave NASA and become a political activist, pushing for gun control. Kelly also held a campaign rally on Sunday.
“But having ‘astronaut’ on your resume does not mean you’d be a good U.S. senator,” the astronauts write. “Mark Kelly is hoping Arizonans are so impressed with his background that they ignore the fact that he’s supported radical gun control activists, that his plan for the eventual government takeover of health care would end Medicare as we know it, and that he’d vote to raise our taxes.”
The astronauts argue that Kelly will answer to the radical policies of his party if elected to the Senate because his election would help Democrats take back control of the government.
“They’re planning on taking away the filibuster — the higher vote threshold to pass legislation — to push through their agenda over the objections of hundreds of millions of Americans. This is not hypothetical. Democrats laid out their strategy in plain sight,” the astronauts warn.
“McSally has delivered for Arizona, while Mark Kelly embraces Democrat ideology that would be bad for our country — leaving us with less freedoms, less security and less control of our lives.
Also, he has a wife who needs taking care of and there is no way he can be a Senator and the time it takes to take care of his wife.
Mark Kelly was involved in some kind of cursing incident – but the left must have scrubbed it.