Former Air Force pilot sets sights on vulnerable Dem senator: ‘We’re a great country, can do better’

Aiming to swing the balance of the Senate, a retired Air Force pilot called out the disservice of the “wrong leaders” in Congress who think “they can ignore their constituents.”

(Video: Fox News Digital)

Making his pitch in a crowded field of Republicans, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tony Grady spoke with Fox News Digital about his bid to oust Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen in the 2024 Nevada Senate race.

“I really don’t like what’s happening in the United States right now. We’re a great country, and we can do better,” said the veteran who went on to run biotech startup Synerbotics for 11 years after a 20-year career as a FedEx pilot.

“I thought about it, and I realized that I have a unique skill set, meaning I have certain capabilities because of the life that the Lord has blessed me to live,” he explained. “And I want to bring those skills to helping our country over the rough times we’re in right now and get back to being and operating like the great country that we are.”

Having previously sought the nomination for lieutenant governor in 2022, Grady voiced his concern about Democrats, and Rosen in particular, set to further the prevailing party objectives over the wants of the people she was sent to Washington, D.C. to represent.

“We have the wrong leaders if we have a leader that thinks that they can ignore their constituents,” he said to Fox News Digital as he explained she had not visited all of the state’s counties and that when a county law enforcement officer had visited the capital, she had refused a meeting.

“And then, on the other side, we look at that Jacky Rosen is a rubber stamp for Bidenomics. Gas prices are 40% higher in Nevada than in the rest of the country. Nevada families are being strangled by inflation,” the veteran lamented. “So, Jacky Rosen is not exercising the leadership to help Nevadans. So, we need a change.”

Facing off against, among others, retired U.S. Army Captain Sam Brown, who himself had lost a primary bid against U.S. Navy veteran Lt. Adam Laxalt in the 2022 Senate race, Grady spoke to his own experience and how he believed it translated, “I commanded the B-2 Stealth Bomber Test Squadron. In that test program, there were a lot of problems that we had to solve.”

“There are a lot of times that we have to test things that we don’t know what exactly is going to happen, but we have to find answers. And I think our country is there right now,” he contended. “There are many things that are going on that we’ve never seen before as the United States. And so I want to take that experience that I had looking into the unknown and to try to help us get back on track as a country.”

Top priorities for the candidate included border security and energy independence, both of which had fallen by the wayside under President Joe Biden and Democratic leadership.

“We have an economy that is oil-based, and we need to use that energy to help our country. We were energy-independent before the Biden administration. We need to get back to that so that we are not dependent on our enemies for energy because we need the energy,” explained Grady who called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the opening of the Keystone pipeline after Biden had recently canceled all remaining oil and gas leases of the former.

“But, more importantly than that, economically, when energy prices go down, everything else in the economy will go down and that will begin to eat away in inflation and take pressure off families,” he continued in contrast to the White House that recently placed focus on service fees for concert tickets.

Grady further called for the removal of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and of the need to “put someone in there who will uphold the laws that are on the books. We need to stop people entering our country illegally,” he added as he referred to human trafficking as modern-day slavery.

“I’m the only Republican in the field right now that has the ability to speak about military strategy with the military instrument of power, the foreign diplomatic instrument of power,” the candidate argued before later adding, “…I have the broadest skill set to make the compelling argument that I can best represent Nevadans.”


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