Kyrsten Sinema Identified (Wrongly) as Latino by NALEO (w/Update)

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NALEO's PowerPoint identifying Sinema as a Latino politician

Former state Senator Kyrsten Sinema is many things: a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Arizona's Ninth Congressional District, a strident advocate for lefty causes, a one-time supporter of erstwhile Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

And, according to the nonprofit National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, she is also a Latina.

In case you're befuddled by Sinema's last name, Selena Gomez she is not. In fact, the Dem could apply to be a spokeswoman for WonderBread, if this politics thing doesn't work out for her.

Nevertheless, in a PowerPoint demonstration created for NALEO's annual conference this year in Orlando, Florida, Sinema is identified under the header, "Latinos in non-majority Latino districts," on the same page as Nevada Legislator John Oceguera. 

And in NALEO's "2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials," Sinema's listed along with elected Arizona Latinos, such as Congressman Ed Pastor and state Senator Steve Gallardo.

How did Sinema's name end up in the directory? According to Rosalind Gold, Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy at NALEO, details on Sinema's ethnic status likely would have come from either Sinema or someone in her legislative office.

"We rely heavily on self-identification," Gold told me, explaining that the organization would have called Sinema's office to ask if Sinema was Latino.

"If the answer is, `yes,'" said Gold, "we do not generally go farther than that."

Still, not everyone can be "Latino" in NALEO's eyes. Gold stated that NALEO does not consider someone of Portuguese descent to be Latino, for instance. And occasionally there are disputes over who can be considered Latino, with corrections made in later directories.

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maxess
maxess

Folks you may not like her politics ( which I do) but she is an honourable person trying to serve the causes and people she feels deserve her attention. I see no reason to use obscener or derogatory language or accuse her of things  by implication or association. The Political debate is polarised enough without this kind of  communication. Fellow countrymen please grow up.

JPL17
JPL17

"Italian-Americans...would probably push us into ovens as a FINAL SOLUTION if they could get away with it!" And along comes the inevitable bigot to stink up the place with his uncontrollable rage and ignorance. Screw you, a-hole.

maxess
maxess

A bit more elegance in communications would not be too much to ask?

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

The "powers that be" want Sinema as the "chosen one" for the democratic party. Just another example of democratic leadership taking some marching orders from certain powerful leaders in Washington D.C. . No one should forget the fact that as soon as she (Sinema) was magically appointed onto the president's health care reform commission that she fell under the sway of "the big money" corporate democrats who wanted her to start acting like their Blue Dog mascot for the Democratic party in Arizona ! This is no accident and you can bet unless un-named sources come forward we'll never be able to prove that she is trying to fool people into being Latina to get over the fact that she put a knife in the back of our immigrant brothers and sisters when she decided to start siding with racist republicans ("let's meet the Tea Party half way".- Sinema) Leonard Clark (The Damn Liberal) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKSgaUV9uQE&list=LL4sQEJEt8GAry1tttKyTtjg&feature=mh_lolz

maxess
maxess

You obviously are rather uneducated in Politics. The blue dog Democrats are the most conservative. ( almost Republicans).  Actually Ms. Sinema is not particularly supported by the Democratic machine. You need to inform yourself better. that I'm afraid requires effort and intellect  both of which you seem to not wish to engage in.

 

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Not lesbian, but "bi," which is neither fish nor fowl...

maxess
maxess

In what way does one's sexual orientation make one competent, qualified or committed? Is this really important? Is it not more significant what causes she supports, which minorities get a voice, what unfortunates get helped, and what she fights for? Seems like you have to evaluate priorities.

 

I hate stupid people
I hate stupid people

I can think of a few that would compete for the "self-loathing Latino" catagory: Art Olivas, Anna gaines..

Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf

 And the confused and dimwitted "sham candidate" Olivia Cortes, and the always pissed and bitter Deputy dawg Paul Chagolla. But these are non-politico figures. But Steve Montenegro and Dem-traitor Lujan can make the list.

Solarhiker
Solarhiker

I'd really like to fuck her. If she just wasn't so liberal. Oh and a lesbian too...

maxess
maxess

The tone of the debate should be about who is competent experienced and qualified. Who can represent us better. Your comments offer no insight, are rude, and unfortunately for all of us you do not contribute to a sensible discussion. Please evolve.

 

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

Yeah, I've got a Schapira sign in my front yard.

maxess
maxess

He is appears to be an honorable man. So why not. IS he qualified, experienced and committed to the things you believe in?

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Know how to say "pandering" in Spanish? S-i-n-e-m-a Anyone but Sinema. Preferably, Schapira, but really, anyone but her.

maxess
maxess

Pandering to what?please be specific. 

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