What motivates me to run for Office, and believe me, this is the second and the very last time, is that I know and you know that we can’t fix the problems in Washington by sending back the same people who created them. Of course I speak of politicians. I define a politician as a person who once elected, aspires to be re-elected and begins the re-election campaign on the day of inauguration.  Pennsylvania needs representatives who are of the people and for the people, who are not and who do not wish to be politicians. I know that I am not a politician, but because my name was out there two years ago, some may not see it that way.

I am a lifetime Pennsylvanian. You won’t believe how tough it is for me to try to convince somebody that I am not doing this for me. I must admit that it is disheartening that the same people, who would complain loud and long about entrenched politicians destroying our America, cannot recognize an honest, serious effort such as mine. The only thing I do not have and have never had is the funds to run an effective campaign.  I do have the will and the ability to help America if selected to do so.

I took on the challenge to run for Congress two years ago and at the time, I refused to take a dime because I believed and I still believe that the Founders did not create a country so that those willing to represent their peers should need to go broke in doing so. The process of soliciting money for one’s selfish political ends is distasteful to me and so I will not do it.

<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">That is a really tough question!&nbsp;</span></span></span> <span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">For all NEPA citizens, I offer you my not-yet-and-hopefully-never-politicized promise to work for you, period.&nbsp; I will work in the same fashion that I have expected representatives of the past to work for all of us.&nbsp; I will work so that your opinion will count. <br />&nbsp;<br />I am not hopeful to be a career politician. Actually besides an early death, it is the last thing I want. There is only one thing that I can do to fulfill this promise. I will not run in 2014.&nbsp; I will consider 2012.&nbsp; Don't even bother reading my lips, I would be happy to scream it at the top of my lungs. I plan to be back in the fold in NEPA in two to four years depending on what we get done in the next two years.&nbsp; I originally said just two years but it may take as long as four years so that we can assure a new president.&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />The worst that happens to me by running for this office is that you may want someone else.&nbsp; If you find that person, I won't even run.&nbsp; I want that somebody else also.&nbsp; All of us want an honest representative for the people.&nbsp; I hope to be that representative but&nbsp; I am just as willing for it to be that somebody else. If I am sure we have another guy, I am fine with letting George do it.&nbsp; Just in case I am available and right now, it looks like I am the best choice in May and in November.&nbsp; I owe it to all to tell you about myself, and that I shall do.</span></span></p>
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About Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is married to the former Patricia Piotroski and the couple resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania as they have all their married life of thirty-five years. They are the proud parents of three adult children, Brian, Michael, and Katie.

Brian Kelly was born and "raised" in Wilkes-Barre PA. He attended St. Boniface Grade School and Meyers High School.  At Meyers, he was a member of the National Honor Society and on the sports side, Brian was both a pitcher and a catcher on the Meyers High Baseball team. He was also active in many school clubs as well as the student council.

He won an academic scholarship to King's College and with the help of a National Defense Student Loan, and the Work-Study Program he graduated cum Laude with a degree in Data Processing, the pre-cursor degree to Business Information Technology.  While at King's, Kelly was a member of two honor societies, the King's Aquinas Society, and the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society.  Brian played varsity Baseball for the Monarchs as a catcher and then as a starting pitcher in his Junior and Senior years.

It's Tough Being Unknown!

Can we say that only the "Unknown Comic" can be both unknown and well known at the same time. For the rest of us, if we are unknown, we are unknown. It is tough to win an election if you are unknown. Right now I am unknown simply because I am unknown. Bob Casey Jr. is known by many, yet because he is quite stealthy in times when he is needed,  to some he appears to be the "unknown senator. 

Therefore I might suggest that only the unknown compic and the unknown senator are both unknown and well known.  

It is not such a good thing when  "everybody knows somebody sometime" and you are not on the list.  When you are the new guy, sometimes a lot of people, especially press forgets.  Sometimes, they don't even care. I can recall in the middle of the Primary season in 2010 in DIstrict 11, a race in which there were just three candidates, I was still not mentioned in the Citizens Voice and Times / Tribune campaign articles. Let me assure you in running for office then and now, it hurts to be unknown. 
 
Many of my friends have asked me how I hope to get known in the sixty-seven counties of Pennsylvania. There are about 4.5 million Democrats in total in Pennsylvania and just 3.25 million Republicans. One would wonder how Republicans ever win a state-wide election. Thank God, I don't have the Republican problem. I am a Democrat. The answer to the question though is not so easy. 
Let me tell you, it is a tough challenge to be known.

How I Plan To Win the Election!

In the 2010 election for Congress, the press asked me to comment on how I planned to win the primary election against well financed opponents Paul Kanjorski and Corey O'Brien.  I recognized that the  road was uphill I had confidence that the people are looking for honest government and a fresh start. I knew I represented both.

At the time, I believed that the key to winning the election was to get the message out that I was a very capable person but still a very regular citizen with no political entanglements. Like all the people in Northeaster Pennsylvania, I was convinced that it was time to abandon machine politics and bring honest government back to the people.  One of my quotes in the electon of 2010 was as follows:

"In fact, for the poor job they did,  it would be great if all 435 representatives were replaced. But, it all starts at home."  

Now I am running for the Senate. I am far better prepared than I was at the time, and if I were to rewrite the quote above, it would look like this:

"In fact, for the poor job they did,  it would be great if all 100 Senators were replaced, but since only about 33 of them run every two years, let's see if we can replace 34 this time. But, it all starts at home."  

Back in 2010, to help answer the media inquiry on how my under $5,000 self financed campaign could be successful, I wrote a response to answer that question. The full text is included below.  From the next paragraph forward, these were all press quotable points from then House candidate Kelly.  In this response I explain how I planned to get my message out,  why I expected that my message would be heard, and why I expected to win without accepting any contributions.