Democrat Senate candidate for Arizona, Mark Kelly, a former astronaut has been exposed, he’s just another Democrat candidate in China’s back pocket.
In 2003, he was invited by the Chinese government to an all-expenses-paid retreat at a countryside resort. He left China five days later with his future spouse, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz), and with a bunch of new business contracts.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Kelly attended the annual Young Leaders Forum, a five-day junket cohosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, which is “under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.” The conference allowed Kelly an opportunity to mingle with high-profile Communist Party officials and rising stars in Chinese society. Attendees included Cui Tiankai, now Chinese ambassador to the United States; Fang Xinghai, former director of the CCP’s top committee on the economy; and Zhou Mingwei, the party’s former top foreign propaganda honcho.
China analyst Gordon G. Chang said that party connections—such as those Kelly fostered—are “absolutely essential” for securing Chinese business deals.
“The Communist Party tries to control everything, whether it’s a state enterprise or a private company,” he said. “And so it’s extremely important to have Communist Party contacts [to do business].”
Since leaving NASA Kelly has strengthened his relationship with China. World View Enterprise, an aerospace company he co-founded – and still holds investments – is receiving funding from Chinese tech giant Tencent, that censors the internet for the CCP. Kelly also held a financial stake in a US company that had a close relationship with Tencent.
Kelly’s campaign is claiming that his participation at the conference was coordinated by NASA, but refused to answer questions if Kelly used his time in China for his own business ventures.
The former astronaut, turned politician said that the experience at the retreat in China was “one of the absolute highlights of my life, second only to flying in space.”
According to RealClearPolitics Kelly has a 5.5 point lead against Republican incumbent Martha McSally.