Wendy Rogers: Kyrsten Sinema Waiting for John McCain to Be "Carried Out on a Stretcher"

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

A Republican congressional candidate says Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is just waiting for Senator John McCain to be "carried out on a stretcher" so she can run for his Senate seat.

Wendy Rogers, one of the Republican candidates vying to unseat Sinema in Arizona's Ninth Congressional District, made the comment at a recent meeting of Legislative District 18 Republicans.

See also:
-Kyrsten Sinema Not Jumping to CD 7

"Mark my words, she is Nancy Pelosi Jr.," Rogers said. "And she is waiting for John McCain to be carried out on a stretcher so she can run for his seat. Now that might be eight years from now -- she's a young gal. She's 37. No kids, no grandkids, she's got nothin' else to do but do politics."

We have video of her joke below, and while you can hear some people cracking up over it, not everyone thought it was very funny -- which is why the video was sent to us.

Our source says Rogers had just finished talking about the crisis at the VA medical center in Phoenix, so it didn't exactly make for a good transition.

Rogers, a retired Air Force pilot, lost the Republican nomination by a little more than 700 votes in 2012, in a crowded field of Republican candidates. Sinema ended up defeating Republican Vernon Parker in the general election.

The primary field for Republicans is much thinner this time around in CD9, with just Rogers and former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter currently competing for the chance to take on Sinema.

Got a tip? Send it to: Matthew Hendley.

Follow Valley Fever on Twitter at @ValleyFeverPHX.
Follow Matthew Hendley at @MatthewHendley.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.