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

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From NALEO's "2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials"

Gold said she believed Sinema had been in previous NALEO directories, but that even if she had, it would not mean she would automatically appear in subsequent editions. 

"We ask every single time," Gold explained.

Gold was quick to point out that membership in NALEO is open to all, and Sinema is a past NALEO member. But the directory itself is supposed to be a list of Latino elected officials. Membership in NALEO does not guarantee a spot in the directory. 

Sinema for Congress spokesman Rodd McLeod insisted that Sinema has never identified herself as a Latina. When I asked what she identified herself as, he responded, "as 
an Anglo."

McCloud said the campaign learned about the issue on Friday and that it was being shopped around by Sinema's political enemies.

"It's not our mistake, it's NALEO's mistake," McLeod stated. "They'll have to fix it."

The spokesman said that on her membership application, Sinema had checked a box for "Anglo," so the campaign doesn't know how the error happened.

I asked Gold to confirm McLeod's statement, but she said that the information on NALEO membership forms is considered confidential.

In financial disclosure forms filed with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, Sinema lists receiving gifts of over $500 in 2010 and in 2011 from a "NALEO conference."

Sinema did not attend the June meeting in Orlando, Gold told me. 

This year's conference was notable for dueling addresses given by President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Given that Romney is the uber-Anglo of all Anglos, who would want to follow in that stiff's wingtipped footsteps? 

If the National Council of La Raza started handing out "Honorary Latino" passes for righteous ofays tomorrow, I'd be signing up and changing my last name to Limones faster than you can say chicharrones.

UPDATE July 10, 2012: NALEO today issued the statement below.

NALEO Statement on Former Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of Former Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema in the 2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials:

"NALEO is proud to serve as the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials. While the vast majority of our members identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic, this is not a criterion for membership in the NALEO organization.

"Many elected or appointed officials have joined NALEO because they represent Latino constituents and want to serve as more effective policy makers and public servants in their communities.

"As NALEO members, these officials have access to considerable resources and support that enable them to better serve their constituents and communities. These resources include access to numerous publications and professional development seminars, including the National Institute for Newly Elected Officials and the annual Directory of Latino Elected Officials.

"We have recently become aware that Former Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema was mistakenly included in our 2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials. Senator Sinema has informed us that she is not Latina and we will work to ensure this is reflected in future editions of the directory and other informational materials.

"Senator Sinema is a past member of NALEO in good standing with the organization. While the Senator is not a current member of NALEO, we would welcome her back should she serve in an elected or appointed official capacity in the future.

"The directory is designed only as a database for elected officials who designate themselves as Latino or Hispanic. NALEO relies on the elected officials and staff to indicate whether they are Latino for inclusion in this database.

"NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas has initiated an internal review of the directory process to ensure the organization continues to provide the most accurate and timely information possible."



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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.

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

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

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

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..

Solarhiker
Solarhiker

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

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

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

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

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

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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?

maxess
maxess

Pandering to what?please be specific. 

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