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TUCSON, AZ – Eli Crane. Man of faith. Husband. Father. Veteran Navy SEAL. Entrepreneur. And now, candidate for Congress in Arizona’s battleground First District.
Law Enforcement Today is pleased to present our profile and endorsement of a man of integrity, principle, and honor, a man who we believe is destined to help usher in a brighter future for We the People in Arizona and this great nation.
Eli Crane was in his senior year of college at the University of Arizona when the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. He left school one week later to join the Navy, and then ultimately became a Navy SEAL.
(Above – an exclusive interview with Eli Crane about why he’s running for Congress).
After he completed his second of five deployments, Crane began tinkering in his garage with a bottle opener crafted from a .50 caliber bullet. He began creating bottle openers while working stateside for the Navy, all the while juggling his work as a Navy instructor with a busy family life with a wife and two small children.
The bottle openers, as it turned out, were wildly popular. Crane’s wife, Jen, began selling the items online. With prayerful persistence, Eli and Jen grew their entrepreneurial venture, Bottle Breacher, and within a matter of months, they were doing $20,000-$30,000 in business monthly out of their garage.
Next for the Cranes’ entrepreneurial journey came an appearance on Shark Tank in 2014, shortly after Eli Crane left the Navy after 13 years of service. Kevin O’Leary and Mark Cuban both invested in the Cranes’ venture, and their company grew into a multi-million dollar business.
Today, Bottle Breacher offers a wide variety of bottle openers crafted in Tucson from .50 caliber bullets, as well as an array of military and firearm-themed gifts. Personalization is available, making their offerings highly popular for uses such as groomsmen gifts.
Already a model of generosity and servanthood through his honorable and selfless service as a Navy SEAL, Crane has not been one to merely rest on his profitable laurels with Bottle Breacher. He generously gives back to his community and nation through his company.
Not only does Bottle Breacher offer steady employment to local Arizonans, including veterans and active duty military, but the enterprise also donates generously to non-profits that support veterans, active duty military, and their families, as well as law enforcement.
Serving others is also playing a very large and vital part in Eli Crane’s next life-changing endeavor: running for office in Arizona’s First District, hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent Tom O’Halleran.
— Eli Crane (@EliCrane_CEO) July 23, 2021
Crane spoke to us of how servanthood became an integral part of his life:
“I think it’s all a part of a servant mindset…. I was always taught… that it’s better to give than to receive. It sounds great, but when you’re growing up, that’s not what you believe at all, just me, me, me, take, take, take.
“You get to a point where you realize it’s kind of empty, it doesn’t really fill your cup, your soul, and I think once you start being a little selfless, less selfish, you realize, well, there might be something here. And you do it more and more and you realize that that’s actually what fills your cup all along.”
“I’m not saying that I don’t like nice things, like the next person, or anything like that, I’m just saying that I learned a long time ago that my life was going to be barren and unfulfilling if there was no greater service to something much bigger than me involved in it.
“And so that’s what took me down the path of going into the military, and that’s what took us down the path of trying to incorporate a servant leadership in our business.
“I think that’s one of the big problems with a lot of people in Congress is that I don’t think that they are strong enough to withstand the pull towards climbing the ladder and getting ahead. I’m grateful in a way because I’ve seen how that doesn’t fill your cup, and it’s not what it’s about.”
“That’s why we’re doing this, and it is part of the bigger theme, but I want to spend the rest of my life in some way, shape or form trying to encourage, uplift, and fight for something bigger than myself.”
Hand-in-hand with a servanthood mindset goes Eli Crane’s Christian faith, which has been a firm foundation for his life choices in the past, and speaks into his decision to run for Congress.
Crane’s wife, Jen, told us:
“We felt God’s calling into this new season earlier this year, and after many weeks of prayer, our family is excited and ready to serve our country again.”
Noting that his current steps toward a Congressional seat are for the glory of God and not for himself, Eli Crane added:
“I’m a man of faith, and I also feel that this is a calling. I wouldn’t be doing this if it didn’t feel like we weren’t walking in God’s favor, a path that He is guiding us.
“And so, there was a lot of prayer that went into this decision, and that’s something that as I’ve gotten older that I really try to make sure that I do a much better job at staying closer to God, trying to understand that this story isn’t about me.
“It’s about Him.”
Crane also models sharing his faith after Jesus Christ’s example, never forcing beliefs and always respecting the Constitutionally-protected right to worship.
He told us:
“I’m a follower of Christ and I watched how he lived his life; he never forced anybody to follow him. And I see a similarity in our Constitution, in that we have freedom of religion, and I swore an oath to uphold and protect that Constitution….
“I don’t try and force my faith on anybody. I want anybody who lives in this country to have the Constitutional right to worship how they want to worship.
“If God does want me to be in Congress, I will use that opportunity and that platform like I always have, to encourage people and point them towards Christ. But at the same time, I will also uphold and support people’s right to worship how they want to worship, or not at all.”
Crane’s Biblical worldview also molds his attitude toward his fellow Americans, including those who might disagree politically in a current climate that seems to divide rather than unite.
“People that know me, know that I love all people. I could give a hoot what color you are, where you’re from, what neighborhood, what ethnicity, and I say that because that’s how the cultural Marxists are trying to divide and conquer us right now, based on race and ethnicity….
“In the Word of God it says that we are all created in His image. And I one hundred percent believe that. I know that the amount of melanin in our skin means nothing as far as worth or value, especially when we’re created in God’s image.”
“And that’s why I’m doing this, because even the ones that don’t agree with me, I love that they have the right to disagree with me here in this country because it’s in our founding documents….
“I love people, and that’s why I’m doing this. It’s not because I hate what’s in front of me. It’s because I love what’s behind me.”
Crane’s faith-inspired propensity for servanthood and his love for his fellow man are not keeping him from tackling extremely difficult issues in his campaign, however.
One “front and center” issue that he describes as “unpopular” is election integrity.
Crane told us that he believes from recent polls that “a lot of Americans lack confidence in the last election cycle.”
Adding that he disagreed with persons who dismiss those who are calling for election audits as “kooks and conspiracy theorists,” Crane told us:
“I don’t think there’s anything more patriotic, and I don’t think there’s anything that is more democratic, than the people who own these elections being able to check them out for themselves and see the receipts, if you will.
“So that’s something that I want to see get tightened up. I want to see confidence restored in our elections….
“And I want Americans to know that not only does your vote count, but it doesn’t count any more or any less than anybody else’s. And that’s a big part of being a citizen in a Constitutional Republic.”
A second large issue, one that can also be quite controversial, is that of border security.
Crane told us that Arizona’s border issues are a “massive problem,” and that “people describe it as an invasion,” a notion bolstered by reports from his contacts with the Border Patrol and ICE, as well as those who work in the private sector on stopping child sex trafficking.
Part of Crane’s solution incorporates returning to Trump-era immigration policies. In addition, he added:
“We’re going to have to roll up the red carpet that was laid out by the Biden administration, and we’re going to have to enforce laws that are on the books.”
Crane explained further:
“Any country out there deserves the right to have its sovereignty….
“We all deserve to protect our borders and know who is coming in and going out. We owe that to our citizens.
“There’s folks out there that are trying to paint that as racist or xenophobic if you want to have your own border, and you want to protect the citizens that you’re taxing and have to respect your laws.
“To me that’s unsatisfactory. And it’s not right and it needs to be taken care of.”
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To get things taken care of in his campaign and in Congress, Crane is well-prepared with his background in the SEALS and in his successful business.
Leadership skills, for instance, have been part and parcel of his history in both endeavors, and those skills tie in perfectly with teamwork and difficult decision-making processes that go along with a Congressional run and a position in politics.
He told us:
“When you’re working with a team, you need to be able to at times take the best information that you have and just make a decision. Some people get analysis paralysis where they feel like they have to have a board meeting for every single decision.
“I learned that in the SEAL Teams and I learned it in business, sometimes you’re not going to have all the information. Sometimes you’re not going to feel like oh, this is the greatest decision that could have ever possibly been made. This is what I think the best course of action here, we’re just going to move, we’re going to go and row in the same direction.”
Crane also learned the value of calmness under stress, a skill which will undoubtedly prove particularly helpful in a potentially volatile political climate.
He told us:
“One of the things especially during this week that I took from business and huge days like Shark Tank and being shot at is: Calm is contagious.
“It’s easy to get spun up. It’s easy to get frustrated and start yelling at people, to let your temper or your ego rule the day, but there’s a proverb that talks about how a kind word turns away anger but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
“I’ve learned that from experience by failing at that at times, but by just staying calm and being able to make decisions and clearly communicate the direction and the vision you want to see, is something that I’ve taken from both of those places.”
Strength in calmness shines through in Crane’s latest campaign video, embedded below, in which Crane quietly receives a tattoo of “We the People” on his right arm, while telling viewers that Washington politicians “have no skin in the game.”
When we asked him what “We the People” meant to him, Crane pointed to the nation’s founding documents, recalling:
“I look at the Declaration of Independence and it talks about country, and a government of the people by the people for the people.”
“We the People are supposed to be the ones with the power in this country, in this great experiment. And you wouldn’t know that nowadays, when you see mandatory masking, and businesses forced to shut down….
“It’s condescending. I think we need leaders who want to keep the government limited and keep the power with the people.”
“It’s supposed to be about us, it’s supposed to be controlled by us, but that’s not the direction that we’re headed. And if we don’t get men and women with character and courage in these key places ASAP, this experiment is over….
“I’m doing this because I want We the People to have the power to direct and to preserve our unalienable rights.”
As he prepares to act to serve Arizona and this country, Crane has a pointed wake-up call for his fellow Americans:
“Wake up, complacency kills.
“We’ve had it far too good for far too long. We’ve been lulled to sleep, and we don’t realize that we are losing our freedoms and prosperity, one cut at a time. It won’t last long.
“Even the greatest country of all time can only withstand the weight of so much corruption, so much evil.”
Law Enforcement today is officially endorsing Eli Crane as he continues his campaign journey to fight for We the People as a Congressional representative for Arizona’s First District.
For more information Eli Crane’s campaign, as well as donation links, please visit his campaign website, EliforArizona.
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