Tuesday, September 04, 2012


Now that the 2012 Primary Elections are over, we want to take a close look at some of the Democrats running in the General Election.

KYRSTEN SINEMA, former Legislator, is the Democratic Socialist nominee for AZ CD-9! Sinema defeated 2 other Dems for the nomination. Let's take a close look at Kyrsten Sinema and her record:

Adult Sinema

April 20, 2012 5:00 am

A candidate with a lengthy history of anti-Israel activism is on course to gain the Democratic Party’s nomination for a new congressional district in Arizona, raising alarms in party circles.

Longtime Arizona state politician Kyrsten Sinema is vying for the Democratic nomination in the state’s Ninth Congressional District, a sickle-shaped enclave encompassing portions of Tempe, Mesa, and the outskirts of Phoenix.

Sinema, a former Arizona state senator and Barack Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, bills herself as the archetypal Democratic candidate—pro-environment, pro-jobs, and, without doubt, staunchly pro-Israel.

But a closer examination of her career reveals that Sinema has advocated against what she calls the “Israeli occupation” and helped create several groups that oppose the U.S.-Israel alliance.

“She’s trying to scrub a 10-year record of radicalism on all aspects, and she doesn't realize you can't erase things you've said and done for the sake of running for office,” said one Democratic Arizona lawmaker who has worked with Sinema. “For us [Democrats] it’s a very scary situation because we don't want our reputation to be diminished by one ambitious politician. Many of us pro-Israel politicians don't want to see her win because it will diminish our positions on Israel.”

Another Democratic insider in Arizona described Sinema’s past deeds as “albatrosses hanging around her neck.”

Sinema’s foray into anti-Israel activism began in the early 2000's when she organized for the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice (AAPJ), a group whose members have denounced Israel’s “disproportionate” use of “violence and oppression.”

The group also decried U.S. military aid to Israel as well as the expansion of Israeli settlements “into Palestinian lands.”

Sinema later urged supporters of the AAPJ to deluge the phone lines of a radio show hosted by “an unapologetic unconditional supporter of Israeli policy.”

To this day, AAPJ continues to take a hardline stance against Israel, aligning itself with the far left Occupy AIPAC movement and sponsoring various speeches “against the Israeli occupation.”

Another of Sinema’s progeny is Local to Global Justice, a grassroots advocacy group that has positioned itself as one of Arizona’s leading critics of the Jewish state.

In February 2004, the group brought the anti-Israel bus tour Wheels of Justice to Tempe—a junket that the Anti-Defamation League described as “distinctly anti-Israel.” The AAPJ cosponsored the event.

Like the AAPJ, Local to Global Justice has continued to sponsor events singling out Israel for undue criticism. Sinema’s headshot remains displayed on the group’s website.

The organization has advocated in favor of the Palestinian “right of return,” a policy that critics say would all but destroy Israel’s Jewish character.

In addition to playing a principal role in these far left, Israel bashing outfits, Sinema formerly served as a spokesman for Women in Black, an anti-war group that was founded in part to support Palestinians during the Intifada.

“It’s a very generous reading [of her past] to think she’s just critical of Israel,” said the Arizona Democratic insider.

Her advocacy has “put her in opposition to the existence of Israel, and there’s not a lot of ways to talk around that. The groups and individuals she’s been associated with are unequivocal.”

Sinema became a Democratic Arizona legislator in 2005 following a stint as the spokesperson for Ralph Nadar’s Green Party, which has advocated ending U.S. aid to Israel.

As a lawmaker in the State House, Sinema continued to fraternize with Israel’s fiercest opponents, including the anti-war group CODEPINK, which has promoted conspiracy theories claiming that the so-called “Israel lobby” exerts ultimate control over U.S. foreign policy.

In 2006, Sinema penned a laudatory missive to the Israel critic Marwan Ahmad, a native Palestinian who was booted from a Phoenix political committee for “promoting messages of intolerance against Israel [and] the Jewish community.”

Though Sinema later condemned Ahmad after local Jewish newspapers applied pressure, she initially praised him for “13 years of service to the mosaic ethnic communities here in the Valley of the Sun.”

Since that incident, Sinema has continued to align herself with Ahmad, sending him videotaped messages of support and allowing her image to be featured on his website.

Sinema has a record that should cause alarm for the district’s large Jewish community, said the Democratic Arizona lawmaker who worked with Sinema.

“It’s important for the Jewish community and pro-Israel supporters to recognize that whoever wins this primary will likely win the election,” said the source. “People should be concerned because I don’t think she has a moral compass, and when you have to make decisions on national security, you need a moral compass.”

A spokesperson for Sinema maintained that the candidate has a well-established pro-Israel record and directed a reporter to read an Israel policy paper posted on the campaign’s official website.

The document in question portrays Sinema as a mainstream, pro-Israel activist who would champion the Jewish state on Capitol Hill.

Politicos in Arizona and D.C., however, are not buying it. They maintain that Sinema is dissembling in order to secure a seat in Congress.

“Kyrsten Sinema launched her career as an extreme committed leftist. But when she realized she couldn’t get elected to Congress on such an extreme platform, she moderated herself,” said one Arizona political figure. “Problem is, that still makes her the most liberal politician in the entire state of Arizona.”

One senior Democratic official in D.C. said, “There’s no room for [Sinema’s] extremist views and for her to have any serious position in the Democratic Party—especially not in Congress.”

If Sinema were victorious, she would become “the least-supportive member of Congress for Israel since Rep. Cynthia McKinney,” added the Democratic official.

Travis Grantham, a Republican frontrunner who could potentially face the controversial Democrat in a general election, recalled that Sinema was cozying up to various officials at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual gala earlier this year.

“Kyrsten was trying very hard to make herself look pro-Israel—but she’s not,” Grantham told the Free Beacon. “She’s trying to play clean up. It’s obviously her trying to raise money and attract voters in the primary.”

In addition to her views on Israel, Sinema has rallied against America’s war on terrorism and, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, led demonstrations against the military’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.

On the domestic front, Sinema has often displayed what some observers termed erratic behavior.

In 2003, for instance, she recalled “singing and spiraling” in a “pagan” dance pit during an anti-war protest rally.

Her liabilities are not limited to foreign policy.

During a 2006 interview with a nightlife magazine, Sinema said,

“These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. … That’s bullshit. I mean, what the fuck are we really talking about here?”

“She has a pattern of radical views, and she certainly shouldn’t be holding herself up to represent the Democratic Party,” said the D.C. Democrat.

Kyrsten Sinema is a State Representative from Arizona. She serves as the Assistant Leader to the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives and represents central Phoenix in the Arizona Legislature District 15. Now in her third term, she is the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Regarded as an high flyer, Sinema will almost run for national office at some point in the future. Sinema is an Arizona native, born and raised in a border region. She graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the age of 18. While advocating for "marginalized and oppressed communities in the state", she earned her master’s degree in Social Work and later went on to graduate cum laude with her juris doctorate from Arizona State University. In addition, she was hired as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at ASU at the age of 26 to teach master’s level courses in fundraising and political and social policy. Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, after nearly a decade of professional practice as a social worker and "social justice" advocate. The Communist Party USA, plays a major role in Arizona's "progressive community" and has in the past counted Sinema among its affiliates. Kyrsten Sinema was a signatory to an advertisement "May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings" placed in the Communist Party paper People's Weekly World May 4, 2002. Such ads were traditionally placed in the Communist Party paper every May Day, sponsored by local party clubs, members or supporters.
Arizona's progressive community extends May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings to all our friends across the country. We commit ourselves to resist the Bush Administration's drive for ever increasing military spending and a neverending state of war. We must redouble our efforts to build a people's coalition that will drive the ultra right out of Congress next November

Co-signing the advertisement with Sinema were Communist Party USA members Joe Bernick, Jack Blawis, Lem Harris, Lorenzo Torrez, Anita Torrez, Carolyn Trowbridge, Steve Valencia, the Tuscon and East Valley Clubs of the Communist Party and party fronts the Arizona Peace Council and the Salt of the Earth Labor College.

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 Here is Kystern Sinema's endorsement;

   To see the whole page, go here;   Shortly after her election in 2004, Kyrsten Sinema and former State Representative Steve May formed Arizona Together, the statewide coalition to defeat Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban. During the course of the two years leading up to the 2006 election, Sinema led the campaign’s effort to raise nearly $3 million, research, craft, and deliver a winning message, and build a broad-based, statewide coalition of community leaders, organizations, and businesses.    Arizona made history Nov. 7 2006, when its voters became the first in the nation to reject a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Wrote Arizona Communist Party leader and Arizona Together activist Joe Bernick  
So how did we do it? The answer is: educating, organizing and mobilizing.As soon as proponents started circulating petitions to put 107 on the ballot, opponents brought out their own clipboards, signing up thousands of volunteers. Arizona Together emerged as the campaign committee, chaired by progressive state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

  Circa 2008, four members of the Arizona state legislature, including Sinema, joined together to form a "Progressive Caucus" in the House of Representatives of the Arizona State Legislature.  In 2010, Kyrsten Sinema served on the Board of Directors for the Progressive States Network, an organization which seeks to "transform the political landscape by sparking progressive actions at the state level". This organization is funded by George Soros' Open Society Institute.  Sinema serves on numerous community and national boards, including as Board President of Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, the YWCA of Maricopa County, the influential Center for Progressive Leadership, and the Young Elected Officials’ Network. She is the recipient of awards for her political leadership, including the NAACP Civil Rights Award, AZ Hispanic Community Forum Friend of the Year, Planned Parenthood Legislative CHOICE Award, Sierra Club’s Most Valuable Player, and the AZ Public Health Association Legislator of the Year.  Significantly, Sinema also serves as board member of Progressive Democrats of America (as the only state legislator on the board), a project of Democratic Socialists of America, the far left Institute for Policy Studies and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, designed specifically to move the Democratic Party to the far left.
To whom does Kyrsten Sinema owe her primary allegiance - the progressive Soros agenda, her old friends in the Arizona Communist Party, or to the "mom and pop" voters of Arizona?

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