Go ahead and call her a socialist. Also, call her “Congresswoman” now.

13 Nov 2012 08:32 pm
Posted by: Donna

Kyrsten Sinema is my new Congresswoman, having defeated her Republican opponent Vernon Parker by over 6000 votes in CD9, as of the latest count. Her decisive victory didn’t even require Parker saying something stupid about rape pregnancies! As y’all know, back during the primary I was a Nervous Nellie about Sinema and supported another candidate. I haven’t been happier to be wrong about something in a long time (and I really need to do something about my nerves). Here are the reasons I feel Sinema prevailed so handily last week:

1. Kyrsten Sinema is a well-known and well-liked politician in Arizona, especially among Democrats. She built up a solid record of public service in the state legislature on education, health care, reproductive issues, and environmental protection, in addition to being a strong public voice against the harsh Republican agenda. She was not without her critics, from the Left and Right, but obviously well more than half the voters in CD9 trusted her abilities and record more than the complaints of her detractors.

2. Sinema is an indefatigable campaigner with a mighty fundraising Rolodex, which a Daily Kos diarist described as “Liberal Activists Meet Arizona Insiders”. It’s worth noting that the majority of Sinema’s contributions came from within Arizona. Her campaign attracted hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers who made tens of thousands of voter contacts. She and her campaign worked their asses off and they deserve this victory.

3. When you run ads portraying the Democratic candidate in a Dem-leaning district as a radical socialist communist housewife-hater approximately 987,000 times a day, it may have the opposite effect of what you intend. Republicans poured money into the Phoenix market to defeat Sinema with negative ads but it looks like it didn’t work. Maybe, just maybe, the Democratic voters who are a slim majority in this district, are getting tired of the politicians they respect (up to and including President Obama, who got 52% of the vote in the region in 2008) constantly being denigrated as anti-American scum. It’s even possible that a good number of this group of voters, who comprise both registered Democrats and left-leaning independents, take the endless and vitriolic conflation of “Democrats” and “liberals” with all things evil and unsavory a tad personally. While laughing about the silliness of it along with Comedy Central and Bill Maher, of course. I sure got an extra kick out of marking Kyrsten Sinema’s name on my ballot when I thought of that.

I’m off to the Big Easy tomorrow and will be there until Sunday. I’ll be too busy partying uh I mean “paying careful attention to property tax lien seminars” to blog.


  1. Comment by Elizbeth on November 13, 2012 9:38 pm

    Have a safe trip you two.

  2. Comment by AZVoter on November 14, 2012 9:02 am

    Congratulations to my new Congressional Representative!!

    Have a safe trip and enjoy!!

  3. Comment by mike slater on November 14, 2012 3:06 pm

    Glad I don’t live in CD9. Out here in Sun City we have Trent Franks as our Rep. in congress. In the Arizona legislature we have 2 Republican plus a Republican senator. Life is good in Sun City.

  4. Comment by Suzanne on November 14, 2012 6:49 pm

    Enjoy yourself Donna.
    Congratulations Kyrsten Sinema!

  5. Comment by Liberal Democrat Friend of Bruce Ash on November 15, 2012 1:32 pm

    You live in Sun City, mike slater? You wouldn’t happen to be receiving social security and Medicare, would you?

  6. Comment by mike slater on November 15, 2012 4:04 pm

    Liberal Democrat, no I don’t get SS or Medicare. I’m not old enough for them.

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