Press Release
| Joanna Rodriguez

For 8 years Kelly Stood Silent, Took 💰& ⌚

The Huffington Post is reporting today that in the eight years leading up to his Senate campaign, Mark Kelly stood silent and cashed his checks while participating in sexist marketing events as a Breitling brand ambassador.

“Mark Kelly had no problem being part of Breitling’s overtly sexist marketing campaign for the eight years he was cashing their checks and taking their watches, but now that it’s no longer benefitting him personally he’s trying to change his tune,” said NRSC spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez. “The real Mark Kelly has told voters who he is: he will do anything for a paycheck, whether that’s participating in sexist marketing campaigns or introducing Chinese communist investors to his space company.”

From Huffington Posts reporting :

“Mark Kelly, a former astronaut and the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Arizona, participated in a marketing campaign for watchmaker Breitling that the company later admitted was outdated and sexist.

“Kelly worked as a brand ambassador for the Swiss watchmaker starting in 2011 after he used the company’s watches in space. The arrangement ended shortly after Kelly began running for Senate in 2019. At the time, Breitling frequently deployed scantily clad models at its stores and in advertising, which drew fire from female pilots…

“Kelly’s participation in the campaign came mostly at Breitling events: Local media outlets and trade publications showed him posing with models at events in New York City in 2012, in Miami in 2015, again in New York in 2016 and in San Francisco in 2017.

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