When Citizens for Self-Governance created the Convention of States Project, our first hire was general counsel Robert Kelly. He’s been helping us through the complicated legal world of advocacy for years with skill, wisdom, and good humor.  His entire family is a wonderful example of what America ought to be – faithful, modest, and rays of light in a dark world.

This weekend, Robert’s little brother Ben was killed in a shark attack off about 100 yards off Manresa State Beach south of Santa Cruz.  He was 26 years old and leaves behind a wife of two years, Katie.

Ben was with two other surfers on the first day the beach was re-opened due to the epidemic, and he died doing what he loved to do.  Not only did he surf, he owned a local business as a surfboard shaper.  Ben was with two other surfers when he was attacked, and they managed to get him to shore. A person on the beach flagged down the lifeguard, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was the first person to be killed in a shark attack in Northern California since 2004.

Ben and was known to be a person of faith.  Watch this touching news story which includes his friends talking about how he emphasized Jesus in his life and work.

Ben was a ray of Godly light in a world so desperate for hope.  Our prayers and love are with the entire Kelly family.  

Hat Tip: The Today Show


About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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