Of all the close races in the upcoming midterm elections, one of the tightest is the one for the Arizona Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
Running to fill that seat are Republican Arizona Rep. Martha McSally and Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. While Sinema’s campaign has hit some deservedly rocky points in recent days, the race is decidedly close.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, McSally holds a slim 0.3 percent lead over Sinema. That average was derived from three recent polls on the race — an ABC poll that had McSally up by 6 points and CBS and Fox News polls that placed Sinema in the lead by 3 and 2 points, respectively.
To be sure, those polls were conducted early in the month of October, prior to the release of six separate videos showing Sinema trashing her own states and the voters who live there in speeches delivered to Democrat groups and organizations in years past, meaning the numbers could very well have shifted more in McSally’s favor since then.
McSally is a former combat pilot, a war hero, who retired from the United States Air Force as a full colonel. Sinema has done nothing in her life but disparage the country and its citizens. Nothing, in other words, to excite the admiration of sane American voters.
Regardless, as a reminder for Arizona voters — not to mention voters facing tight Senate races in their own states — here is a report from the Washington Examiner that details just one of Sinema’s attacks on her own would-be constituents.
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Speaking to the gay- and lesbian-focused Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus in 2011, Sinema warned the left-leaning Texans of “Arizona, coming to a state near you.” She then suggested that people had told her of Arizonans, “Damn, those people are crazy,” and then joked that nothing was wrong with their water and it was just fine, having been stolen from Colorado (a separate issue in and of itself), and suggested the crazy people “are called Republicans.”
She then proceeded to tell the group how to “Stop your state from becoming Arizona,” and regaled the audience of a song she had learned as a child about the “five C’s” of Arizona — cattle, copper, citrus, cotton and climate — before she added on a sixth “C” to describe her state — “crazy.”
Were that the only disparaging remark she had made about fellow Arizonans, the incident may have been dismissed as a one-off joke that didn’t go over particularly well. But a separate report from the Washington Examiner made clear that the clip was but the first of several instances where she had riffed hard on her own state and potential future constituents.
In a second video clip, Sinema spoke of the old quote that the various states are “laboratories of democracy,” in that states are free to try different things, but asserted that Arizona was the “meth lab of democracy.” A third video showed her telling a crowd of Democrats that the state of Arizona should “serve as a warning symbol for each of you.”
A fourth video had her lamenting that her state was “not famous in a good way … we’re famous in a Lindsey Lohan kind of way. Not good.” Again the insinuation was that Arizonans are crazy. Indeed, a fifth video to emerge from 2011 showed Sinema reiterating her “sixth C” remarks to once again call Arizonans “crazy.”
Now a sixth video has emerged, this one from 2010, in which Sinema was speaking about immigration and said, “Think about what your community is doing about immigrants and immigrant populations. And be careful, because if you’re laying down on the job, your state could turn into Arizona pretty quickly.”
Sinema has also trashed her own state on social media over the years, apologizing to the rest of the nation and world on behalf of her “crazy” state, or bemoaning that her state was never in the news for “something good,” at least in her opinion.
There are plenty of other things that Sinema has said and done over the years that should render her electorally toxic in a state like Arizona, yet she somehow has persisted and remains close in the race, albeit based on older polls that were conducted prior to the release of these videos.
Suffice it to say, conservative and Republican voters in Arizona — and every other state, for that matter — should take nothing for granted, should largely ignore the polls that suggest their candidate either holds a comfortable lead or has fallen too far behind, and simply make every effort to get to the voting booth on Election Day — if not voting early — to ensure that the Democrats who hate their own fellow citizens, like Sinema, don’t get elected to represent the very same people they despise.
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