This article highlights the difficulties that will soon plague Mark Kelly’s senatorial campaign. Running as a pro-gun control Democrat in Arizona is a stiff fight as it is. The article now highlights the fact that Kelly’s firm, World View Enterprises, “announced during a visit to Beijing that Tencent had invested an undisclosed sum of money in the Tucson-based space travel venture. In April 2016, as part of a subsequent, $15 million investment round, World View announced that it had received more funds from Tencent, along with three other venture capital firms.”

That was then. This is now:

Tencent was already under intense U.S. scrutiny before the COVID-19 world crisis. In addition to the surveillance suspicions, Tencent also sparked a U.S. backlash for suspending its streaming of National Basketball Association games after the Houston Rockets’ general manager praised Hong Kong democracy protests last fall.

Now it’s radioactive. A recent University of Toronto study found that WeChat has been censoring keywords relating to the COVID-19 outbreak since at least Jan. 1. Several prominent lawmakers in recent weeks have deemed Tencent an arm of the Chinese Communist Party and a threat to U.S. national security. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley in late April introduced a bill aimed at preventing Chinese espionage by prohibiting U.S. federal employees from conducting official business over platforms run by Tencent, Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies and barring U.S. tax dollars from being used for any international contracts with those firms.

It’s not just a GOP concern. The United Nations in mid-April backed out of a deal with Tencent to provide videoconferencing and text services at the organization’s 75th anniversary after U.S. officials, lawmakers and human rights groups complained. Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch, called Tencent “an enabler of Chinese government oppression.”

Normally, it’s 3 strikes and you’re out. I’m not certain that it’s 2 strikes in this instance. Being anti-gun in Arizona is a difficult challenge by itself. Being supported by the Chinese Communist Party while they’re hiding information about the Wuhan Virus isn’t positioning yourself well.

Kelly isn’t just anybody, either:

Mark Kelly, the former NASA astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission and spent 25 years in the Navy.

Arizonans hate the Chinese Communist Party. Couple that with the fact that Arizona has a significant ex-military population and things get plenty complicated pretty fast. It isn’t that this will kill Kelly’s candidacy automatically. It’s just that I’d consider it another heavy weight for Kelly to carry as he attempts to win a tight Senate race. This ad won’t help his cause:

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