Feathered Bastard

Top Ten Reasons Kyrsten Sinema Should Jump to CD 7

Update: Sadly, since this list was published, Sinema has decided not to commit political seppuku and parachute into CD 7. Sigh. Looks like we may have her to kick around a la Dick Nixon for a while longer.

One week after Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor announced that he would not run for re-election in Arizona's 7th Congressional District, Machiavellian social climber extraordinaire Kyrsten Sinema, currently Democratic Congresswoman from CD9, has yet to issue a statement, saying whether she will pull a Ben Quayle and jump to Pastor's district.

Never mind that the longer she waits, she encourages divisions between Latino Dems who rightfully see CD7 as their district -- because it intentionally was carved 2-to-1 Hispanic by Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission -- and white liberals who adore her despite her Blue Dog status and couldn't care less that a possible Sinema switch might hand the competitively drawn CD9 to a Republican.

Personally, I'd love to see Sinema jump into a Democratic primary in CD7, already crowded with talented Latino pols. Why? Because she'd become the most hated person in the Arizona Democratic Party, and it would be the end of an unusually self-centered political career from a politician who could give Sheriff Joe Arpaio lessons in narcissism.

So here are the Top 10 reasons Sinema should run. C'mon, Congresswoman, go for it! What are you waiting for?

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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