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Politics Kyrsten Sinema was always a K Street politician — the major media just noticed

12:15  21 october  2021
12:15  21 october  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Kyrsten Sinema Is Unfriending Her Network Into Oblivion

  Kyrsten Sinema Is Unfriending Her Network Into Oblivion When people ask Kyrsten Sinema if she wants to run for president someday, the Arizona senator usually has a stock answer: “I’m overqualified.” That response, relayed to The Daily Beast by a former friend, is vintage Sinema. It’s quick and witty but also self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating all at the same time. The quip also sheds a rare bit of light on a political figure on center stage in Washington who is, all the while, paradoxically guarded and enigmatic. For many people both inside and outside the Beltway—who are hanging on her every maneuver around President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda—Sinema is a mystery.

washingtonexaminer.com - “Manchinema become K Street darlings” is the laughable headline on the Washington Post’s newsletter this week. Kyrsten Sinema Isn’t Hitting the Panic Button.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema questions government transportation officials on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashes, during a hearing by the Senate Commerce subcommittee on Transportation and Safety on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 27, 2019. If Sinema was just genuinely somebody who had a political change of heart, or even was a lifelong opponent of any or all of the policies I support, I would respect that – that's life. But her thirst for power and political ambition, coupled with the millions she has received from economic elite lobbying groups as well as her political

Manchinema become K Street darlings” is the laughable headline on the Washington Post’s newsletter this week. The implication is that Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was not already a K Street darling, but became one by opposing the Democrats’ big tax-and-spend bill.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. speaks during a luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. Arizona Senators Sinema and Martha McSally spoke to a crowd at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry event to give an update on action in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) © Chris Carlson/AP Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. speaks during a luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. Arizona Senators Sinema and Martha McSally spoke to a crowd at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry event to give an update on action in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Post says that much of this money is coming from “sectors that see Manchin and Sinema as two of their best hopes for keeping programs they loathe out of President Biden's social spending bill,” including drugmakers and oil and gas companies.

70% of Arizona's Democratic primary voters disapprove of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: poll

  70% of Arizona's Democratic primary voters disapprove of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: poll The poll also found that Sinema would lose overwhelmingly to a variety of potential Democratic challengers, including Rep. Ruben Gallego.The poll found that 70% of potential Arizona Democratic primary voters - made up of both registered Democrats and independents - disapprove of the work Sinema is doing as a senator. The first-term lawmaker has refused to back the $3.5 trillion social spending bill essential to President Joe Biden's agenda for reasons that remain unclear.

Kyrsten Sinema smiles as she returns to the Capitol after a meeting with Joe Biden at the White House in Washington in June. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP. Allies and critics have long considered Sinema one of the savviest politicians in the state, in part because she understands the Arizona electorate better than anyone else. For years, Sinema has honed a brand of centrism that observers say better aligns with the politics of Arizona, a once Republican stronghold shaped by the conservatism of Barry Goldwater, a senator and nominee for president in 1964.

Kyrsten Sinema with programs to pay for it. Much media attention has focused on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who has spoken disapprovingly of the size and timing of the passage, while making known he is opposed to a new climate program and other features of the .5 trillion plan. More enigmatic has been Sinema , who has not made public her specific policy concerns with the bill, and who has become a subject of progressive ire for her negotiating posture. Sinema has told lobbyists she is against any tax increase in the bill, the Wall Street Journal reported.

All of this scrutiny is valuable, but the Post's headline points to the problem here. The same outlets that today are covering Sinema’s coziness with lobbyists and all of her industry money, were silent about this coziness in 2018 when she was the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona.

Sinema was the top recipient of lobbyist money among non-incumbents in 2018. She was second among non-incumbents to only Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke when it came to money from the financial sector. She was the No. 4 non-incumbent on hauling in Pharma money that cycle. And from all of these industries, she outraised her Republican opponent, Martha McSally.

In other words, K Street lobbyists and Big Business spent big to get Sinema into the Senate in 2018, in particular favoring her over her Republican opponent. Funny how this didn’t gather much attention from major media at the time.

Sinema blows up Dems' plans to tax high earners, corporations

  Sinema blows up Dems' plans to tax high earners, corporations “I don't know what the red lines are for one U.S. senator who has an amazing amount of power," Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) said of the Arizona centrist.As they seek to finalize President Joe Biden’s social spending plan by the end of the week, Sinema (D-Ariz.) remains opposed to one of the party's chief goals of raising tax rates on high-income earners and corporations, a long-sought objective since former President Donald Trump signed his 2017 tax cut law.

Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin arrive for a bipartisan meeting on infrastructure in June. Major divisions among Democrats. The disagreement within the Democratic caucus is not just over a few items, but over almost every major aspect of the President's Build Back Better agenda. How much to spend is only the first challenge. Democrats are growing uneasy about where Sinema and Manchin stand on several of the proposed tax increases on corporations, businesses and even wealthy individuals as well as the moderate senators' positions on how bold to go on the social agenda and

Senator Kyrsten Sinema was targeted by another group of protesters on Monday, this time at Reagan National Airport after she landed in Washington D.C. for this week's Senate session. It was the third time in four days the Arizona Democrat was a target for party activists. Video footage showed Sinema on her cell phone as she made her way through Reagan National Airport, where a group of protesters were awaiting her arrival on a flight from Arizona. Among those who greeted her at the airport was Green New Deal Network chief of staff Kunoor Ojha, who asked: 'Hi, Senator Sinema ?

I looked through the 2018 coverage by the outlets that these days are covering Sinema’s corporate and lobbyist donations. The New York Timescoverage of the Sinema-McSally race mentioned GOP donors and let Sinema call herself independent while never mentioning her Wall Street and K Street coziness.

The Washington Post mentioned that she was “good at raising money,” but never specified that she is good at raising money from corporate lobbyists who like the subsidies and tax carveouts she gives their employers.

Similarly, I can’t find Politico mentioning that Sinema was outraising and outspending McSally in 2018 because Wall Street and K Street were backing Sinema.

Now that Sinema is opposing President Biden's tax-and-spend bill — which is packed with tons of corporate goodies that lobbyists support, by the way — all of these outlets are out with stories absurdly implying that her resistance is the result of her being bought off by big business lobbies. Politico, Politico, the Times, and the Post.

5 veterans on an advisory board to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema quit in protest, calling her 'one of the principal obstacles to progress'

  5 veterans on an advisory board to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema quit in protest, calling her 'one of the principal obstacles to progress' "It's very sad to think that someone who you worked for that hard to get elected is not even willing to listen," one advisor told The New York Times.In a scathing letter to the senator obtained by The Times and highlighted in an ad from the political arm of progressive veterans' group Common Defense, the members of the group, who informally advise Sinema on military and veterans' issues in Arizona, charged her with "hanging your constituents out to dry.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, however, is different. Once a vocal advocate for the Green Party, and eventually the Democrats, as Tim Murphy of Mother Jones points out she once made this statement, related to Joe Lieberman: Few moments illustrate so perfectly the personal and political When Sinema was first becoming active in state politics as a lefty political activist—she ran as a Green Party member and as an independent before finally joining the Democratic fold—she viewed Lieberman as the embodiment of Washington sellouts. As I reported in a profile of Sinema for the magazine

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The current scrutiny on Sinema’s donors is fitting. The past blindness to her donors is telling.

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Aides say Sinema didn't interact with guests at wedding who wore 'disrespectful and racist costumes' .
Aides for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) say that she did not interact with white guests at a wedding who came dressed in Native American garb. The moderate senator officiated the wedding for her friends last weekend. "Senator Sinema officiated a personal friend's wedding at which a small group of activists protested during the private ceremony," Sinema's spokesperson Hannah Hurley said in an email to tucson.com. "While the Senator knows theThe moderate senator officiated the wedding for her friends last weekend.

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