Washington Examiner – Paul Bedard- July 20th, 2021
“I’m very, very concerned about the current state of this country and the direction that this country is headed,” Eli Crane told Secrets. “I got a chance and an opportunity to live the American dream. And I want to make sure that the following generations are as blessed as I have been,” added the conservative Republican.
Crane said that he plans to seize on the open border policies of Biden, the liberal push for critical race theory education in schools, and election security issues highlighted by ballot concerns in Arizona in 2020.
Crane, a high school quarterback in Yuma, left college and joined the Navy just days after al Qaeda’s attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Within days, he was in training and on his second try won his campaign to join the Navy’s special operations SEALs as a sniper on SEAL Team 3.
He served for 13 years and started a Tucson boutique firm with his wife that crafted bottle openers out of .50-caliber shells, an ammo favorite of the SEALs. In 2014, they appeared on the TV show Shark Tank and won the backing of Cuban and Kevin O’Leary for their firm Bottle Breacher. Overnight, they went from six to 35 employees and war veterans, and the business has since grown.
Crane said he is motivated to enter politics because he believes too many politicians do not have “skin in the game” and are just riding out their careers by avoiding big issues, especially those that are also cultural.