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Would Congress be different if at least one member was an anti-war, LBGTQ, former social worker and Green Party activist?

By Curt_Anderson
October 3, 2021 8:57 am
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Meet Kyrsten Sinema. The following is from her Wikipedia entry.

Sinema began her political career in the Arizona Green Party before joining the Arizona Democratic Party in 2004.[29]

In 2000, Sinema worked on Ralph Nader's presidential campaign.[30] In 2001 and 2002, she ran for local elected offices as an independent and lost.[25] In 2002, The Arizona Republic published a letter from Sinema criticizing capitalism. "Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule", she wrote.[31] She opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization during this time.[20] She protested Senator Joe Lieberman's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid, telling the Hartford Courant, "Heís a shame to Democrats ... I donít even know why heís running. He seems to want to get Republicans voting for him. What kind of strategy is that?"[32][20]

While in the Green Party, Sinema was its local spokesperson, working to repeal the death penalty and organizing antiwar protests.[33] She had organized 15 antiwar rallies by the time the Iraq War began.[25] She also opposed the war in Afghanistan.

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on October 3, 2021 10:54 am

    So. She's achieved enlightenment.

  2. by Donna on October 3, 2021 12:02 pm
    It's wrongheaded to compare Sinema favorably with a real progressive. It wouldn't surprise me if she's been paid off substantially by a dark money source who wants to destroy the Democrats' chances in 2022 and 2024.

    Sheri and I are looking seriously at retiring in Tuscon. Maybe we'll get a chance to vote her out of office.

  3. by HatetheSwamp on October 3, 2021 12:30 pm

    I thought you were going to be expats????

  4. by Curt_Anderson on October 3, 2021 12:32 pm
    Tucson? What happened to Costa Rica or wherever it was in Central America you were talking about?

    I would say she's not a real progressive. The thing about Sinema is if I read her resume and knew her background, I'd expected her to be a guaranteed progressive. At this point she's a more of cypher than anything else.

  5. by Donna on October 3, 2021 12:43 pm
    We were told that the region in CR we were considering moving to wasn't humid, but I investigated that and it turned out to be false. There is no area in CR that isn't very humid, often oppressively. Plus there are numerous hassles and extra expenses involved in moving to another country.

    A couple of days ago we were looking at Las Cruces, NM, but we're now focusing on Tucson. It has everything we're looking for, and we'll be able to live comfortably just on our Social Security. We'll be making a trip there later this month.

  6. by Ponderer on October 4, 2021 9:45 am

    I was really looking forward to Costa Rica. I mean, like a lot. Anywhere else is going to be a tremendous disappointment in comparison for me. But Tucson will be workable. Seems like a really nice place, too. Even though our choices will be limited to the assortment of 8,000-unit apartment complexes around the city, I might even end up liking it after a little while. I've always liked the desert.

    And beggars can't be choosers.

  7. by HatetheSwamp on October 4, 2021 10:18 am

    Is there a health issue?

  8. by Ponderer on October 4, 2021 10:32 am

    Donna suffers from a condition that has her sweating at the drop of a hat. Humidity in never kind to her. The main issue with leaving Long Beach is that the climate was pretty much perfect for her here. We were only considering Costa Rica because it supposedly had a really wonderful climate. Which it apparently does. If you don't care about the humidity.

    We were really getting into the idea of Las Cruces, NM this weekend and did a lot of research. We were planning a trip the last week of this month and thought we might check out Tucson on the way back. But the more we compared the two, we came to the conclusion last night that it looked like Tucson was going to be the better choice for us on a lot of levels. WAY more affordable apartments to choose from. It's a lot closer (two-day drive from here, verses three for Las Cruces) and the moving costs will be a bit cheaper. It's just a tad more expensive than Las Cruces, cost of living wise, but still a lot less than here. My health insurance will even be cheaper in Tucson.

    No monkeys or sloths in the back yard though.

  9. by Ponderer on October 4, 2021 10:34 am

    No back yard for that matter either.

  10. by Elmer on October 5, 2021 11:20 pm
    Sinema worked for Ralph Nader when she was 24. When I was 24, I was also making poor decisions, so I won't hold that against her.

    My guess is she thinks she needs to look independent and moderate to win in Arizona, and she's probably right.

  11. by Donna on October 6, 2021 7:35 am
    But she already won in Arizona by running as a progressive Democrat.

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