ELECTION ALERT: Tea Party Express Endorses Kelly Cooper in Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2022

Sacramento, CA: Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest grassroots Tea Party political action committee, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Kelly Cooper in Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.  

Tea Party Express National Grassroots Director, Kay Rivoli, Kelly Cooper, Congressional Candidate and Sal Russo, Tea Party Express Chief Strategist

Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, “We are pleased to support Kelly Cooper for Congress because he is a fierce defender of our American values and firmly believes America functions best when the government leaves people alone so the free market can thrive. 

“Kelly Cooper’s pledge to hold politicians accountable and protect states’ rights has earned him endorsements from organizations like Gun Owners of America, Arizona Police Association, Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association, Republican Liberty Caucus, and President Trump appointee former U.S. Secretary of the of Interior Ryan Zinke.

Kelly Cooper, Congressional Candidate

“A proud U.S. Marine who bravely served his country overseas fighting to protect our nation, Kelly Cooper was honorably discharged and continued to serve fellow veterans.  He founded the Maricopa County Republican Veterans Committee where he serves as Chairman and continues to help local veterans thrive in their community. 

“With only 91 members in Congress ever having served in the military during some point in their lives, we need Marine veterans like Kelly Cooper to help the government understand the issues our veterans face upon returning from service so they can get the help they need. 

“After proudly serving our country, Kelly went on to work in the hospitality industry. As a restaurant owner, he’s seen firsthand how the skyrocketing prices of goods has made daily life more expensive for Arizonans.  In fact, the inflation rate in Arizona is so bad, it’s higher than the national average.  Unlike career politicians who continue to kick the can down the road, Kelly is determined to stop the destruction of the free market and restore our labor supply. 

“We need bold and fearless leaders like Kelly Cooper in Washington, D.C. to stand up to tax and spend politicians like Nancy Pelosi who are destroying the American dream.  His Democrat opponent is a locked-in supporter for the failed policies of President Biden and Speaker Pelosi.  

Kelly isn’t afraid to call out the political establishment, and we are confident he will advocate for our Tea Party principles to rein in runway spending, reduce the size of government, and restore American prosperity.  Kelly Cooper will make a great Congressman and represent the people of Arizona with honor, and we are proud to give him our full endorsement,” Russo concluded. 

The following are statements from local leaders:

“Kelly Cooper is a Marine Veteran, family man and the true Conservative in the CD4 congressional race. Many of our American freedoms are currently at stake, and I know Kelly will fight for our American values including securing the southern border, defending the 2nd Amendment, and pushing back against federal government overreach. Arizona needs a strong leader, and I trust that Kelly will be the voice we need in Washington. I’m proud to endorse his campaign for Congress.” – Warren Peterson, AZ LD14 Senator

“I am proud to endorse a business-driven leader like Kelly Cooper for United States Congress. With job creation being a pillar of my office, I can’t think of a better person to represent our state in Washington than a hard-working entrepreneur who has employed hundreds of Arizonans. As a fellow businessman, and someone who will support and defend our first responders, Kelly has my full support and I look forward to working with him in government.” – Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix Councilman

“I served in the U.S. Army from 2009-2013 and deployed to Iraq 2010-2011. As a Combat Veteran and a Veteran Advocate here in Arizona, I truly know the importance of endorsing and electing Americans to the highest positions in our country. I work with many organizations here in Arizona and across the Country. Survivors of War (Board Member), American Legion Post 35 (Board Member), PTSD Foundation of America, and Concerned Veterans to name a few. I’ve known Kelly Cooper for many years. I have learned a lot about him, his values, and his true character – I have put my support behind Kelly. I know his experience in being an entrepreneur will do great things for Arizona. He’s a Marine, he’s served this great country, and he will take what he learned in the Marine Corps and use it to protect our service members, our veterans, and their families. Kelly is a husband and father who loves his family, and he is doing this to make sure his kids, grandkids, and other families, have a future in our country that we can all be proud of. Kelly Cooper is the true American that we need to lead CD4 and Arizona.” – Hayden Duff, U.S. Army (ret), Realtor, District 12 Adjutant, American Legion Post 91 Historian

“As a Chandler dad and local business owner, I am very aware of the daily challenges we face trying to better our lives, the lives of our children, and those in our community. And while I am incredibly proud to be a member of this community, the current political environment in our country gives me pause and worries me for the future of our children. In my experience, it is times like this that we need leaders with strong conviction, unquestionable character, and real- world experience. I believe that Kelly Cooper not only possesses these qualities but is also the one to raise the standard of leadership in Washington. As U.S. Marines, Kelly and I proudly share a common phrase exclusive to the Marine Corps, Semper Fidelis, meaning Always Faithful. I know Kelly Cooper will always be faithful to his family, to his community, to local business owners and to Arizona. It is my privilege to endorse him for Congress.”  – Brian Van Anne, Owner, PEO Options LLC, Arizona’s #1 PEO & Payroll Consultant

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