ARIZONA: Democratic US House Rep. Kyrsten Sinema Announces 2018 Bid To Unseat Sen. Jeff Flake [VIDEO]

The Arizona Republic reports:

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is running for the Senate seat held by Jeff Flake, ending months of speculation about her political future and giving Democrats a top-tier fundraiser with experience on Capitol Hill.

In a video announcing her bid,the Arizona Democrat recounts her upbringing in a family that fell from the middle class into homelessness. She made her way to Congress, Sinema says, with hard work and help from “family, church and, sometimes, even the government.”

So far this year, Sinema has voted in line with the Trump administration’s known preferences 49 percent of the time, according to the website FiveThirtyEight. By that measure, she is the third-most GOP-friendly Democrat so far this year. By contrast, Flake has voted with the administration 92 percent of the time. Seven of the other 51 Republicans in the Senate have lower marks, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Simena is considered by some to be the only openly atheist member for Congress, although she apparently doesn’t care for that title herself. She is also openly bisexual.

  • matrem

    “She’s not a believer in GAWD!” whined the people voting for a secular office in a secular government in a secular country with specific constitutional provisions dictating this secularity.

    • kaydenpat

      Sadly not believing in God is something most politicians have to hide. (I doubt President Obama or even Trump actually believe in God). Would be nice if it didn’t hurt her though.

      • Jonathan Smith

        dRump believes in god.
        he sees him whenever he uses a mirror

        • edrex

          mammon is more of a demi-god.

      • FAEN

        Trump believes he IS God.

    • Gustav2

      AND she has bare arms!!!!!!!111!!!!!

      • Jay George

        She needs to cover up them arms! She should just hang out her boobies like trump’s wife.

      • DoctorDJ

        2nd amendment, people!

  • Slim Compersion

    Go, Representative Sinema! You’d be a good counterbalance to… what’s his name? That nut from Alabama.

  • kaydenpat

    Good luck!!!!👍🏾👍🏾

  • JWC

    Ok to quote rachel “put a flag in it”

  • HZ81

    Let’s get rid of Flake. I am with her!!

    • FAEN

      She’s a DINO. I remember when she ran the first time-she was progressive, out about her bisexuality and fun. Signorile even had her on his OutQ show. The minute she won, she morphed into a moderate republican.

      • HZ81

        Aw, really? That blows.

        • FAEN

          Yep.

  • FAEN

    So a DINO is going to try and replace Flake? Whatever.

    • FloBear

      It’s about taking the majority. If she can win, I’ll take it.

      • FAEN

        But if she’s going to vote with the GOP are we really taking a seat away from them?

        • The_Wretched

          Progressive Dem > Corp Dem > DINO > moderate republican > “conservative republican” > Roy Moore.

          It’s a rainbow not a bright line. I’m glad you’re expressing doubts about her :).

          • UrsusArctos

            The bit that Democrats who want a candidate that might be a good fit to win their state/district downplay is that said candidate has to be able to win the state/district they’re running in. I’m tired of DINOs and all that too. The ONLY reason to support a marginal candidate like this is the OTHER important thing to come from elections and that’s the leadership of the chamber.

          • (((GC)))

            That matters a great deal! Whichever party has a majority in the Senate / House / a state legislative chamber controls the agenda, appoints committee majorities, gets to decide which bills get heard and advance.

        • FloBear

          Yes, if it means control of the Senate. The Senate whips will do their jobs when she wavers, and she’ll need Dem support to get re-elected, so all-in-all I’d say yes, she’s better than Flake. She’s gonna be the candidate. What should we do, work against her?

          • FAEN

            No I don’t think we should work against her. I’m simply pointing out that she has a pattern of being progressive until she gets into office and then behaving more like a republican.

    • Adam Schmidt

      I’d rather get a real progressive in there but I’ll take someone who disagrees with Trump half the time over someone who’s going to support everything Trump wants.

      • FAEN

        I see your point but I think she’s more of a Trump supporter than she’s letting on.

      • As I noted above, it’s the best we can do here, unfortunately.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Good luck with that. Rethuglicans are more sexist than racist. Hard to believe I know.

  • Tawreos

    She needs to lower that voting with the administration score way down

    • Treant

      I’d have a 51% chance of bothering to vote for her. 🙂

      Not really, she’d be included on my push of the Democrat button. But I’d only be voting for her as being sorta better than the flake.

      • teeveedub

        Flake is among those the extremists are intending to primary, so she’s likely a lot better than whatever crackpot they pick on the far right.

    • Circ09

      I’m not too bothered by her voting record in the House. People said the same thing about Kirsten Gillibrand but she has turned out to be a great Democratic presence in the Senate.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        House votes count, too.

  • The_Wretched

    I want to like her for being both bi and atheist but….she’s old school republican.

    • Tulle Christensen

      She sounds like a 1980s republican to me

      I guess it could be worse

  • Leo

    Doesn’t matter if she doesn’t care for the title, they’ll hammer her on it. I love the honesty but it’ll be a major ding in the state.

    She seems sane and competent – it’ll be interesting to see an issue by issue breakdown.

    We need red state Democrats in similar fashion to 2006 to pass anything. The risk is the progressives going write-in because they’re pissed she’s the party candidate and the left losing it all again as a result. That’s not a centrist boogeyman, it’s the reality.

  • Lawerence Collins

    I hope she’s an actual progressive. Otherwise, Flake stays in office.. 😣🤢😖😡

    • Keith D Plane

      I live in AZ and she won’t win. I’m sorta iffy on her anyway. Problem is Flake has a Repug challenger who is a whack job and Bannon will be backing her like he is backing the whack in Alabama (Moore). She just may win the primary and God only know what will happen in the General Election. There is another interesting candidate running on the Repug side also , a women Muslin, and wears a hajib. That should send the Repugs into a frenzy also.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Wait, what? A Republican Muslim woman….. does not compute….is she doing performance art or something?

        • The_Wretched

          Muslims are rather conservative and many of their women have internalized the misogyny.

      • Piernudo15

        The Muslim woman is a Democrat, I’m pretty sure.

        • Keith D Plane

          yep you are correct, my mistake she is a Dem. I’d take her over Sinema but won;t happen

      • “Muslin”. … really?

  • Lars Littlefield

    If she were only a shifty mormon used car dealer she could become governor (for those who remember Evan Mecham and his burning testimony of the gospel).

  • MB

    But, is she a dork-sided garrguyle ??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxvC2BE2Hio

    • Treant

      Call 911. Now. And sue Wife Swap for foisting that on you.

      Also, if I were their uncle the kids would be living with me until that piece of crazy is gone.

      Did anybody point out that gluttony is a sin? Also, as a woman, she’s supposed to be silent and pliable?

    • Treant

      http://www.tmz.com/2007/09/27/god-warrior-perrins-daughter-dies-in-car-crash/

      Perrin’s daughter, Ashley, died in a car accident ten years ago. According to some reports, she wasn’t wearing her seat belt…and there were no skid marks.

    • Jay George

      Those poor kids.

    • matrem

      I rebuke thee!!!!

  • bkmn

    I hope the DSCC makes sure that she is the most qualified otherwise they should find a better candidate to support.

  • bambinoitaliano

    As long as she does not blame the staff for watching porn during work time.

  • edrex

    i will be a yellow dog democrat for the foreseeable future.

    • Treant

      This. I’m just mindlessly pressing Democrat and watching my selections automatically fill in.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I’ve been that way for the last 30 years

      • Jay George

        I’ve never voted republican in my life. Doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon either. 😉

        • UrsusArctos

          Yellow Dog at heart, crossover voter by geography. I have voted in GOP primaries. Primarily to push back on the most awful candidate. Living in the Deep South you now have to vote in GOP primaries to have ANY say in the outcome of an election.
          The national Democratic party hasn’t supported any near viable candidates across the south in years. It’s a self fulfilling thing. No reason to vote if there’s only an unqualified “sacrificial” Democrat on the ballot. Here in MS, we have one statewide Democrat that MIGHT have a future. The rest of the bench is really not good.

          • Jay George

            Except now in Alabama you can’t crossover in the primaries or runoffs unless you want a fine or jail time or both. Granted you can still vote for whoever you want in the general and they might even count your vote if you’re lucky. Of course since republicans frequently run unchallenged, voting in democratic primaries and runoffs almost never happens.

  • Jay George
  • Lars Littlefield

    Granted, just voting for someone because they claim to support you preferred party is fraught with danger. Just look at Trump. But in the case of the Democratic Party I’m afraid we need to dispense with purity tests and be grateful for every Demo win we can get.

    • The_Wretched

      There’s purity and then there’s minimum standards. I’ve also not paid enough attention to AZ to know if she’s really the best (or even better) that the AZ Dems could do. If she is, then great, a DINO >> Repug who votes to defund the ACA.

  • MichaelJ
    • FAEN

      Thank you.

    • I don’t see anything particularly controversial in her record and I’m pretty far to the left. She seems to vote well in all the places where it counts.

      • MichaelJ

        That was my initial reaction, after quickly scanning the record. She voted with the Trump position on immigration matters, which I supposed is to be expected for most anyone elected in Arizona, and there was one business-related vote that I thought was ill-advised. But a lot of the votes for the Trump position were on non-controversial stuff, liked sending hurricane-related aid to Texas and Florida.

  • Grant

    Yeah, I’m not falling for this “she disagrees with Trump half the time” bullshit as if it’s a good thing. She brings down the tenor and effect of Democratic Party values by casting hideous votes on shutting the government down, weakening the ACA by voting with John Boehner, refusing to help Syrian refugees and many other issues. At least with Flake, we know where he stands. Sinema rode her bisexuality into office and since then has evaded the topic in various interviews. She’s a vile, shrew with no guiding moral compass on protecting healthcare or rights of minorities.

    • Mark Cross

      She “rode her bisexuality into office”?! In a red state like Arizona, do you realize how much courage that took her? When has anyone of a non-hetero orientation in the USA ever ridden that into office?! She’s also an ex-Mormon, which is generally a liability in Arizona.

  • Blake J Butler

    No purity games, i recently stopped giving a shit about what others think and i’ve just had to block people far right and left with their bullshit, especially the left since they are supposed to know better but voted the way that they did last year because “she couldn’t be trusted” or because they thought she was entitled to the presidency, or “bernie was cheated” bullshit. Sinema is in a state that is changing from a red to purple state and this may be the year for a democratic senator.

    It is a fuck you to any pro-choice, LGBT+ person, person of color, religious minorities, etc. That social issues that are the democratic base are expendable as long as you preach about economic equality, that you didn’t vote democrat because he or she wasn’t what you wanted. Like being given a life preserver and bitching because it wasn’t a yacht. You take what you can and its up to you to make that happen, because no perfect candidate, has or ever will exist.

    Red state democrats are a part of the plan we can get what we needed under Obama, but because we were too busy cleaning up shit from his predecessor, it pretty much came down to repeal of DADT and the ACA being his most notable achievements before the GOP surge of 2010 where our persist gridlock has come from.

    • Circ09

      National Democrats abandoning the South with no $$$ or other resources or plan certainly did not help the situation. We were here screaming about that long before the Obama administration started. And, yes, I’ll forever be bitter about it.

      • Democrats didn’t abandon the south. Dixiecrat Democrats became Republicans.

        Donald Trump (who won with Southern votes), Kentucky’s Kim Davis, former Texas governor Rick Perry, Alabama’s senior senator, both of Lousiana’s current senators, West Virginia’s current governor, etc were all Democrats.

        Conservative Democrats that didn’t jump ship, like Arkansas’ Mark Pryor and Lousiana’s Mary Landrieu, got booted from office because they refused to move to the left with the rest of the party.

  • bambinoitaliano

    O/T A dog who has more sense than the sitting president.
    https://twitter.com/people/status/913802329090117632

  • Kurt

    What if Democrats nominated someone who actually stands for Democratic ideals and priorities? Radical idea, I know…

    • The_Wretched

      Oh noes. You can’t say that. That makes you a purist. Purists are supposed to shut up and not muddy the Pure-Democrat message.(yes it’s topsy-turvy to me too).

      • Kurt

        Certain Democrats love to pretend that we can’t afford to have principles, but I say we can’t afford not to. Nearly half the adults in this country didn’t bother to vote in 2016, which means they were not persuaded that Democrats are worth the effort of casting a vote. We need to change that perception by becoming the party that offers real policies and solutions that will improve people’s lives. We need a populist appeal that reaches the unpersuaded 50%, but our campaign professionals are focused instead on winning a marginal handful of voters out of the Republican camp by running Democrats who are sort-of Republican-ish. That strategy doesn’t move us forward.

        • The_Wretched

          Well said

        • FAEN

          If nearly half of so called adults couldn’t be bothered to vote when it came down to Hillary vs Orange Hitler than this country deserves what we get!

          I’m sorry if that sounds harsh…just in a bit of mood. Tired of these purity tests that only harm us.

          • Kurt

            I’m not advocating purity tests. I’m saying that if Democrats run good candidates who put forward a good message and good policies in a unified way, people will vote for us. If we continue not to do so, that fraction of people will continue not to vote. It’s about practicality, not purity. Populist Democratic policies appeal to people, and they also make for good public policy. Let’s take advantage of that fact.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            Yup. Given the choice of voting for a Republican or a Republican-lite Dem, voters will choose the Republican nearly every time.

    • -M-

      Ideally if you can get them elected that would be much better. If the best we can do for that seat at the moment is cut its support for TrumpMcConnellRyan sludge from 92 to 49%, that’s a significant improvement and right now every little bit helps.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Another Manchin.

    • That’s the best we can get here in AZ.
      Sigh.

    • JCF

      Manchin is bisexual atheist? Tre surprised!

  • Ken M

    I thought by Arizona law, McCain, if leaving early, would have to be replaced by another Republican. Am I missing something here?

    • UrsusArctos

      She’s running against Jeff Flake.

      • Ken M

        I’m behind. Jeff Flake, from Snowflake, AZ just googled him for that info.

        • UrsusArctos

          He actually comes close to an old-fashioned business GOPer. Rather, as close as you can come today. He’s got some thoughtful positions, especially on the environment but falls in line and votes for the crazy. He’s one of the most at risk GOPers this cycle, along with Heller.

  • UrsusArctos

    Not an ideal candidate. She would be handed her ass in a heavily Democratic state, but she isn’t in one. If she’s electable she can help. I think I’m safe in assuming she would be another vote for a DEMOCRATIC majority leader. A “bad” democrat is miles better than any GOPer.

  • FloBear

    Remember, Kirsten Gillebrand was conservative when she represented a conservative district.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Bi, atheist, female, yet still supports too much Repug garbage. Useless kapo cúnt, if you ask me.

    • Eff Ewe for the capo “*unt” nonsense.
      Double Eff Ewe.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Now, granted, I admit to that being rather harsh for me to say, as I woke up to more bad news as well as stuff I didn’t need to hear and that set me off. I’m willing to retract that statement.

        As for yours, though, Triple Dog Fuck You, Cúnt.

        • Go. To. Hades.
          WTF are you p’o’d at me for?
          Going away now. Permanently.

          • TheManicMechanic

            You came at me braying and screeching and calling me names, so you can just go back to your little world and cry like the little offended baby you are. I don’t give a fuck. You have no means to tell me to go away, little twit.

          • Have a swell day. I certainly will.
            ‘Bye. Now.

  • HomerTh

    As an Arizona resident, not a fan.

    • AZ resident also. Unfortunately, you and I both know it’s the best we can do here.
      Want to go back to SF. Soon.

      • secretlab

        Kyrsten is no progressive, and I’ll hope that there is one in our Democratic primary to vote for. Up north in MAGA country, it’s fairly surreal. I too share a longing to move on.

  • I’ve interviewed her, along with the other 4 openly queer elected politicians when I was working in Arizona. She’s quite interesting. She’s been a marathon runner and has done work in Africa.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I just hope if she gets in, she votes along with the party sometimes especially along the lines of healthcare and not voting in a SCOTUS theocrat.