Phoenix, AZ – Today, the Arizona Republic endorsed Kyrsten Sinema in her race for Congress. Following an editorial board interview with Sinema and her opponent Vernon Parker, the Arizona Republic states that they endorse Sinema because she “displays a lot more fire in the gut” and “she demonstrates more preparation and passion for the job ahead.”
Read the full article below.
Sinema a good fit for district
October 10, 2012
Kyrsten Sinema and Vernon Parker are not the venal monsters incessantly portrayed on Valley television screens in ads produced by out-of-state interest groups.
The two, each with impressive stories of rising out of poverty, are accomplished leaders. They are honorable standard-bearers for their parties in a tight race to represent Arizona’s newest congressional district, the 9th, an inverted C that runs from north-central Phoenix through south Scottsdale, Tempe, parts of Mesa and Chandler, and across Ahwatukee Foothills.
Parker would be a reliable Republican vote. Sinema would be just as reliably Democratic. If that’s all that matters, you know how to vote.
But we look for more in a member of the House. And when we add up these factors, Sinema is the stronger choice.
Parker served in both Bush administrations. He brings a decidedly national view of issues to the race. Sinema’s background is as a state legislator. That makes her more likely to tackle and deliver on Arizona issues, something Sen. Jon Kyl and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords excelled at.
Giffords resigned. Kyl will step down in January. The rest of the delegation shows more interest in big issues. There’s a big vacuum to fill, and Sinema is the congressional candidate most likely to fill it.
Her record in the Legislature suggests she will find a way to do this even if, as expected, Republicans maintain control of the House. Sinema understood that the only way a member of the minority party could get anything done was by working with the majority, including members whose politics could not be more different.
She worked with Jonathan Paton to pass three bills addressing human trafficking. She built partnerships with such unlikely allies as Eddie Farnsworth and Frank Antenori. She was friendly with former Senate President Russell Pearce, which was used against her in the Democratic primary.
In the polarized politics far too common in Washington, the other side is the enemy. That is not Sinema’s approach, and this attribute strongly favors her. For Sinema, it’s always about the issue, not the personalities. She could argue passionately during floor debate, then enjoy a beer with political adversaries after hours.
Such “cheerful politics,” to use the words of columnist Robert Robb, would be a breath of fresh air in D.C.
Sinema is a liberal who took extreme positions early in her political career, and quotes from those days haunt her in negative ads today. What’s more instructive is Sinema’s growth over the past decade. She’s learned to moderate herself to match voters.
The 9th District is a classic swing district, one that won’t tolerate an extremist from either party. That’s why Parker is softening the rhetoric from his two GOP primary campaigns, and Sinema is as apt to drop the names of Republican allies as Democratic ones.
This district won’t re-elect someone who goes all Nancy Pelosi. Sinema is sophisticated enough to understand this. She’ll tilt to the left, but not to the degree those scary ads suggest.
Finally, there are the intangibles. Sinema displays a lot more fire in the gut. In a joint meeting with The Arizona Republic editorial board, her answers contained more specifics. She demonstrates more preparation and passion for the job ahead.
We recommend Kyrsten Sinema to represent the 9th District.