Fox News' questions to the offices of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were not answered at the time of publication. Fox News' interrogation to Justice Democrats was likewise not returned at the time of publication.
Kelly, who is staging a primary challenge upon Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., went on Facebook the day of President Biden's inauguration and posted a list of proposed agenda items for the new administration's first 100 days. Those added standard Democratic wishes for stimulus checks, packing the Supreme Court and student loan forgiveness, as well as banter regarding attacking GOP leaders.
"Day 9: Allow Pelosi to hire the best pimp that Memphis or Detroit has to offer to Smack that [emoji] outta Ted Cruz and the rest of em...(y’all know the ones)!" she stated.
Likewise on the list were ideas that Kelly explicitly said were in jest, such as "Day 4: Blow Up Maralago," referring to Trump's Florida resort and residence, and "Day 5: Disappear Mitch to some secret CIA prison."
Aside from her anecdotes, Kelly's Facebook history holds an April 2012 post of how she was attending a speech being given by anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and a May 2020 post declaring, "If you vote for Trump, YOU ARE A RACIST!"
Justice Democrats spokesperson Alexandra Rojas applauded Kelly on Tuesday after she started her campaign.
"As someone who has spent her life as a public servant and a community organizer, @OdessaKellyTN is exactly the kind of Democrat we need in Congress," Rojas wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Kelly and Cruz wrestled on Twitter on Tuesday after he called her "the angry, violent Left."
"You told people to storm the Capitol. Then they listened to you and did. Get outta here with this. I can’t wait to get to Washington and take on Ted Cruz’s agenda of division, greed, and straight up clownery. It’s time for fundamental change," Kelly wrote on Twitter.
The Tennessee candidate announced Wednesday that her campaign has already raised more than $100,000.
"Odessa's fundraising numbers after launch are significant. AOC raised just $60k in her first six months during the 2018 cycle, and Jamaal Bowman hit the $100k mark after his first *week* in the 2020 cycle. The infrastructure for progressive primary challengers keeps growing," Justice Democrats spokeman Waleed Shahid wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.