Hispanics to Kyrsten Sinema: You’re not a Latina, so stay out of AZ-7 race

| March 5 2014
John Walker
Kyrsten Sinema Mulls District Switch, Slams into Brick Wall of Ethnic Politics

Poor Kyrsten Sinema just can’t catch a break.

Longtime Congressman Ed Pastor barely got his retirement announcement on Facebook last week before would-be successors lined up for the open seat in District 7.

Sinema quickly moved to the front of the line amidst speculation that she would flee the challenging confines of District 9 for the safely Democratic neighborhood of District 7.

Not so fast, Congresswoman. Sinema soon ran into the brick wall of ethnic politics that dominate the Democratic Party. The message is clear in District 7. Outsiders need not apply.

Sinema is struggling mightily under the burden of Obamacare. Like most of her Democratic colleagues, she is twisting and turning to explain the disaster of the Obamacare rollout and the fallout from policy cancellations and dramatic increases in premiums.

A move to District 7 would solve her problem. A Democratic primary winner in the district is off to Washington. Obama won the district in 2012 by 72 percent. It’s a cinch.

In a letter to Sinema, District 7 community and business leaders delivered the bad news. After praising her for her public service, they urged Sinema to stay right at home in District 9. The seat belongs to a Latino or Latina candidate.

This is the hallmark of the Democratic Party. Democrats talk a good game when it comes to advocating open competition and diversity, but the truth comes out when challenged.

So it’s back to District 9 for Kyrsten Sinema. She had a tough race in 2012 and will face another one this year. Along the way she has learned a tough truth about her party. Stay where you belong and don’t step out of line.