Former State Senator Kyrsten Sinema has won the Democratic primary for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. Somehow, the same citizens who elected Joe Arpaio as their Sheriff have chosen an openly bisexual, nontheist woman to be the Democratic candidate from this newly created district in Maricopa County.
Another surprising detail about Sinema? The left-leaning bisexual atheist/agnostic is a graduate of Mormon, ultra-conservative Brigham Young University. Unconfirmed reports indicate Sinema may also be a unicorn, or possibly a leprechaun, because we’re pretty sure such a creature does not actually exist on Earth.
But perhaps her most confounding set of oxy-moronic character traits can be witnessed at right: Sinema is somehow both a politician and yet also attractive. In fact, she’s even kind of likeable-looking, which does not bode well for her chances of being elected to a Congress with only a 10% likeability rating.
Even more damning for Sinema’s election prospects, however, is that she appears to have reasonable policy positions. In 2012, she was featured in The New York Times as “one of the most dogged and articulate critics of Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation. In a legislature gone wild, she was a rare voice of reason.” In 2006, Sinema sponsored a bill urging the adoption of the DREAM Act and co-chaired Arizona Together, the statewide campaign that successfully defeated Proposition 107, which would have banned the recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions in Arizona.
If elected, Sinema will be the first openly bisexual person ever to serve in Congress and only the second nontheist ever to do so. The newly created 9th District is not expected to lean heavily toward either Democrats or Republicans, so it may be a close race. She will face Paradise Valley Town Councilman Vernon Parker, who narrowly beat out six other Republicans in his party’s primary.
Since it’s going to be a close race, why not head over and donate to her campaign?
Photo: Kyrsten Sinema/Launch Media Consulting