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Rep. Ruben Gallego Still Deciding On Senate Bid

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly has announced he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2020 in hopes to serve out the late John McCain’s term.

Just after Kelly made his announcement, progressive groups pushed for Rep. Ruben Gallego to run, rolling out ads and a website.

Gallego hasn’t announced a decision but says he’s not worried about facing Kelly in a primary.

“He hasn’t run for office," Gallego said, "he doesn’t have any positions. He’s never actually had his name on the ballot.”

Kelly’s wife is former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in a mass shooting near Tucson in 2011. Since then, Kelly has been outspoken on gun rights.

Should Gallego run, he has a congressional ally in fellow Democrat Raul Grijalva. Grijalva said Gallego would make more inroads with Arizona Democrats.

“It’s going to be a grassroots intensive primary," Grijalva said, "and I think that makes Ruben not only credible but formidable as well.” 

The Senate seat is currently held by Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.