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Democratic Senate Candidate Mark Kelly Apologizes For Offensive Comment


Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly has apologized for making an offensive joke two years ago while speaking to the Boy Scouts of America, Northern New Jersey Council.

The retired astronaut was discussing the physiological changes that his twin brother, also an astronaut, experienced while living in space for a year. Kelly said the experience changed his brother's DNA and took a toll on his body. He then said the family had to release his brother back into the wild and renamed him “Rodrigo.” A video of the remarks has been widely shared online, including by some conservative Republican groups that support Kelly’s opponent in the Senate race, Martha McSally. Some are calling Kelly’s remark racist and shameful. He has apologized and says he deeply regrets the comment.