Group of Latinos Troubled That Non-Latina Kyrsten Sinema Might Run for Ed Pastor's Seat

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Stay out of the race for retiring Congressman Ed Pastor's seat in Congressional District 7 -- that's the message that more than a dozen Latino community leaders and business owners sent today to Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

A flurry of hopefuls announced their interest or intention to run for the CD7 seat after Pastor announced that he will retire after his current term. Sinema was among those mulling the possibility.

While the letter praises the congresswoman, who currently represents Congressional District 9, calling her a "rising star in Arizona politics and a person for whom there is great admiration," it reminds her that she is not a Latina and emphasizes the importance of having a Latino or Latina represent the district.

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

Congresswoman Sinema's office in Washington confirms it's aware of the letter. And we're waiting on a call back from her spokesperson for comment on the letter.

From the letter:

As your friends, we feel compelled to directly tell you that the recent political rumblings and rumors having you switching congressional seats to run in Congressman Pastor's seat, troubles us and the Latino community in general, greatly.

Latinos represent 30 percent of the population in Maricopa County. In some areas within congressional district 7, the percentage of Latinos is much higher. Currently, there are several Latinos and Latinas who have declared themselves candidates to replace Congressman Pastor.

The candidates' names are immaterial for this dialogue. What is important is that they are Latinas and Latinos.

Political consultant Mario E. Diaz, Edmundo Hidalgo, president of Chicanos Por La Causa, longtime community leaders Lydia Guzman and Socorro Hernandez Bernasconi, and Debbie Lopez, a small business owner, are among those who signed the letter to Sinema.

This isn't the first time Sinema was reminded that she wasn't actually a Latina.

In 2012, she was listed in a directory published by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

Later, once the issue was brought to their attention by New Times, the association issued this statement:

"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."

Read the full letter sent to Sinema by Diaz and company.


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samphx2006
samphx2006

If white leaders said the same thing about a Latino running for office in a mostly white district, the same clowns that signed this letter would be screaming their heads off about racism.  Yet when they do it, they feel it is perfectly acceptable.  That, my friends, is just plain wrong.   Gallardo and any other elected official that signed the letter have shown they are no better than the idiots on the far right.  And we wonder why there is never any progress in our state legislature.

Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

ummm.... she doesn't live in CD 7 if she does how is she representing CD 9 now?

Scott Coletti
Scott Coletti

Wendy Rogers says Sinema is "running scared" according to the email I got from Rogers today. I don't understand why Sinema would give up on CD9. What's so much more attractive about CD7? It is low hanging fruit for a long career in the House? Is it because she betrayed the Progressives and knows they won't vote for her? Is it because lightening doesn't strike twice? Is it because she's running scared? Any way, Sinema is NO Ed Pastor.

buckykatt
buckykatt

So, you are saying that, either way, she is a carpetbagger. 

Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

well, if she did vote with the tea party to shut down the government, then she is clearly out of her mind and is only looking for red voters to keep her in office, and not considering of how her vote harms the working class. The Democrat Party is the majority party of the working class, and it's lawmakers like her that forces Dem voters to leave. It is possible that she is actually a republican spy who has infiltrated the democratic party to make sure it does not gain ground in Az. There are those out there who are paid off to that that fall, you know.

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

Kyrsten Sinema couldn't care less about people, her constituents or any particular seat or district. Kyrsten looks out for Kyrsten. If she has to walk out on her district and her constituents to do what is best for herself, she;s going to be gone like greased lightning!

Wayne C. Fox
Wayne C. Fox

No emphatically no. She's afraid that she might lose in district 9.

Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

Wow...a lot of people hate this woman. I was in a bad accident a few years ago, and only getting back more into politics last year. Not sure what she has done, or hasn't done.

Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

Why would she walk away from her own district to do that? Sounds stupid.

murrvii
murrvii

This article is a little disingenuous...if she were married to a Latino and used his name would that be okay?  I don't remember any articles appearing when that has happened.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin

SOooooooooooo over her. Very disappointed. I want a Congressperson similar to Bernie Sanders who actually votes with his conscience instead of siding with the Teabaggers and Corporate $$$. NO!

DNichols
DNichols

I would be proud to have her represent my district based on her Principles, and Integrity.

Too bad we are not all color blind, race, or skin color should have nothing to do with Representation.

stephen.lemons
stephen.lemons moderator writer

What is lost on most here is that CD7 intentionally was drawn as a majority-minority district in order to comply with the Voting Rights Act.


The Congressional Redistricting Plan submitted in 2012 by Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission to the DOJ describes this in detail:


http://bit.ly/1c55J0L


Sure, Sinema can run in a 2-to-1 Latino district, using the war chest she raised from donors who believed she needed it for a competitive district (which CD7 is not).


In fact, I hope she does run in CD7, because she will lose or at best serve only one term in this district, then be consigned to the political oblivion where she belongs. 


Pride goeth before a fall.



Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Why do latino people always bitch about everything that they haven't already taken over? Shouldn't matter what race you are and in what position you are running for. Its about that person as a whole. And how they do they're job. If i didn't know any better id think all races are totally racist. And they all need to shut the hell up about this kind of crap already.

Tom Lucas
Tom Lucas

I think she is a fine Representative for her District. Very active with her constituency. I am not suggesting she move.

Jerk Cook
Jerk Cook

I don't care about racist people. (if you care about skin color your racist)

Jo Hafford
Jo Hafford

No. She's done too much work to set herself up for re-election to walk away from that. It'd be like quitting a marathon on mile 20.

Jo Hafford
Jo Hafford

Not so. Gallego and Gallardo are not going to stand aside for anyone. Both have made that clear.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

If she is unfit vote her down, that is why we have elections!

Kelly J Kelly
Kelly J Kelly

I don't think she should not run based on being TOLD to not run by any specific group. But she has a district that she's worked hard for. I'd hate to see her lose her seat but I'd prefer to see her in a spot that's harder to win. She's needed more there.

Bill McNichols
Bill McNichols

She's a traitor to her constituents, not a liberal bone in her body. She might as well be a republican.

Jose Castillo
Jose Castillo

I am Latino, but so what. Whoever I think can represent the interests of my district in Washington gets my vote.

Mike Mattingly
Mike Mattingly

No. We need someone more progressive for that district.

Brad Wayne
Brad Wayne

You guys do realize she is already in congress in District 9, right?

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Pastors seat is reserved for wilcox and no one will dare oppose her.

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

I'd be interested to hear why you think that.

Danny King
Danny King

Lots of folks in CD9 are unhappy with her. Personally, I don't care what race she runs in as long as she runs topless. Oh, you mean for Congress? I thought you meant the marathons she enters. Never mind.

lwoodmansee
lwoodmansee

If they sent her a letter stating that they preferred her stay in her district so that another person in their district could run, I would understand. I find it disturbing that a group of latinos and latinas would send a letter to someone of a different ethnic background telling them that they shouldn't run because of their heritage.  That's pretty inappropriate especially from latino/latina community leaders.

Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

"The candidates' names are immaterial for this dialogue. What is important is that they are Latinas and Latinos." #racism

Martha Susan Bruneau
Martha Susan Bruneau

It might be better if she just waits and runs for McCain's Senate seat. Surely he will be retiring sometime soon for heaven's sake!

Craig McDermott
Craig McDermott

No, but whatever she does, she should do it soon, and announce it loudly. As it is, she is getting pounded on in two races.

Don Blank
Don Blank

No. Lets have a real Democrat

Kenn Tomasch
Kenn Tomasch

If only there were a mechanism for the people of a district to decide who they wanted their representative in Congress to be....

samphx2006
samphx2006

There is no requirement that she live in the district that she represents.  That requirement is only for the state legislature.   

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, I might be wrong here but didn't the U.S. Supreme Court throw out Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?

If so, Arizona would no longer need DOJ oversight on how to formulate its elections.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Self serving Wilcox is the wrong choice.

Not saying that Sinema is the right choice either.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

One can only hope.

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