Robb: 3 things everyone got wrong about Kyrsten Sinema's Senate run

Wednesday, 04 October 2017, 09:08:20 PM. Here are three things everyone is getting wrong about Arizona's U.S. Senate race now that Krysten Sinema has jumped in.
Robert Robb: Here are three things everyone is getting wrong about Arizona's U.S. Senate race now that Krysten Sinema has jumped in. Kyrsten Sinema entering the fray for U.S. Senate pretty much guarantees that the race will be one of the biggest political stories in Arizona, indeed the country. And Republicans instantly got the race off on the wrong foot. Republican campaign operatives, and the Jeff Flake campaign itself, revived the charge that Sinema is a liberal radical. Former Green Party candidate. Ralph Nader supporter. Self-proclaimed “Prada Socialist.” This isn’t exactly unfair. Sinema does have a radical background. She did all those things. Do voters care about past Sinema? However, she now has a 10-year record as an elected official, six as a state legislator and four as a member of Congress. She has recast herself as a Democratic centrist, and has the voting record to back that up. Is her new political persona genuine or a political ploy? Only she knows. But does it really matter? At the end of the day, all a member of Congress has that is consequential is his or her vote. How that is used is the only thing that really matters. So, reviving the Prada Socialist days is not so much unfair as irrelevant. There is much in Sinema’s record as a public official worth exploring with voters. She’s not been a consistent centrist. She generally has supported easing up on business regulation, except where the environment is concerned. On social and cultural issues, she...Read more
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