GENOSHA: Revenge of the Acolytes
As member of the U.S. Senate, Robert Kelly long regarded the growing number of mutants as a threat to national security. To cope with this supposed danger, he promoted legislation such as the Mutant Registration Act, requiring those with powers of genetic origin to disclose their abilities to the government. This proposal prompted the second Brotherhood to attempt to assassinate Kelly in Washington, D.C. The Brotherhood did not succeed, thanks to the intervention of the X-Men.
The failed assassination attempt fueled the Senator’s resolve to pass the Registration Act. Following a meeting in New York, the Senator’s limousine was demolished by debris from a fight involving the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants. Kelly survived — but his wife, Sharon, died in the wreckage. Kelly’s grief strengthened his position that mutants were too dangerous to be allowed to run rampant, and he ordered the production of numerous mutant-hunting Sentinels.
To ensure his safety against another assassination attempt by the Brotherhood, the Senator accepted Professor Charles Xavier’s offer of assistance and added the X-Men’s Cable to his personal security team.