Giffords should resign as Chair of Space Subcommittee

Jesse Kelly

For Immediate Release: February 2, 2010

TUCSON, AZ. Representative Gabrielle Giffords should immediately resign as Chair of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. She has a clear conflict of interest from the tens of thousands of dollars her campaign has received from the aerospace industry. She took in over $10,000 in one day alone from people at large corporations such as ATK, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and United Space Alliance. These are companies who stand to make or lose millions of dollars based on decisions made by her subcommittee.

Jesse Kelly stated, “It is disgraceful that Representative Giffords has allowed herself to be compromised by special interests. How can she possibly look out for the taxpayers in District 8 when she is receiving money from the very corporations that she is supposed to oversee? It is no wonder she supported an over-budget and misguided program like the Ares 1 rocket.”

A December 20th article in the Orlando Sentinel explored a possible conflict of interest with her husband’s line of work. Now we realize the true conflict comes from large campaign donations by corporate special interests.

Representative Giffords should immediately resign from the Space and Aeronautics subcommittee or return the donations from all corporations that have business before the subcommittee.

Jesse Kelly is a candidate for Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District in the southeastern region of the state. For more information on the Jesse Kelly campaign please visit

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