Kyrsten Sinema is the most likely the best politician in all of Arizona, and this is just one reason why we here at Three Sonorans have been one of her biggest critics since 2011 when as a state senator she authored her own anti-immigration bill (SB1225) and got a bit too friendly with SB1070-author “I love Russell” Pearce.
Thus we applaud Congressman Raul Grijalva’s current stance against the former naturally red-headed Green Party member and current fake blonde Blue Dog Dixiecrat Kyrsten Sinema for US Senate, and Grijalva explains why below.
For Grijalva’s part, he’s made his unease about Sinema plain. In an interview with the New York Times last week, Grijalva said he’s withholding his endorsement until he learns more about how Sinema will vote on immigration, tax cuts, and the environment.
He suggested that other progressive Democrats aren’t sold on Sinema’s record, referring to “murmurs” at the grassroots level.
Grijalva raises questions shared by many left-leaning Arizonans regarding Sinema.
Although her personal story is compelling — Sinema’s family struggled with poverty and she previously worked as a social worker — her record in Congress is extremely questionable and hardly left-of-center.
Consider these votes:
- Sinema voted for anti-immigrant bills championed by the Trump administration.
- She opted to curtail resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the U.S.
- She was one of seven Democrats to join with Congressional Republicans on a controversial vote to investigate the attack in Benghazi, Libya, widely seen as a political stunt to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects.
- She co-sponsored legislation that would make it harder for people to file complaints and lawsuits over violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Sinema has acknowledged that Democrats seeking statewide office in Arizona face an uphill battle, and some analysts view these votes as a way to make her palatable to red-state voters. But left-of-center Democrats say triangulating on issues like immigration in the name of “reaching across the aisle” is wrong.
It might not even help Sinema win a Senate seat anyway since these votes have apparently alienated the core progressive voters she needs the most.