Political times call for one over the other
If you have grown tired of the toxic culture that has taken over Capitol Hill; if you long for more collegial leadership focused on solving problems, not settling scores; if you want a federal government that works, not wages constant war; you must send people to Washington who can change it. People who not only talk bipartisanship but determinedly practice it.
There may be no better example of politics by collaboration than Sinema. She literally wrote the book on it ---- "Unite and Conquer" (2009). She leads with an arm extended to the other side and a promise to work together.
She has traveled a long ways from the street-marching activist she once was to the good-natured centrist she now is.
In a Washington in which rancor and malice are disturbingly normal, Sinema is the antidote. Leaders like her can come from any party and they are needed more than ever.
That's why in the race to elect Arizona's next United States senator, The Arizona Republic recommends voters chose Kyrsten Sinema.
"We need to get back to a saner time, when senators didn't call each other names -- or if they did, they could put it all aside after the vote and go get a beer together," the paper's editorial board wrote. "There is too much 'us and them' in D.C., and it hurts how we are governed."
"The real Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema know that," the board argued. "But Sinema is the only one willing to say it (repeatedly) from behind her mask." The editorial board argued that McSally has gone further than Sinema in attacks on her opponent. "There may be no better example of politics by collaboration than Sinema," the paper's editorial board wrote, also pointing out that over 60 percent of the bills she has co-sponsored this session were introduced by Republicans and that Sinema sides "with Trump's agenda 62 percent of the time." "She has traveled a long ways from the street-marching activist she once was to the good-natured centrist she now is," the paper's board said. "In a Washington in which rancor and malice are disturbingly normal, Sinema is the antidote."
Tucson's Arizona Star also endorse Sinema over the weekend:
The race to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate is one of the most watched in the country, with good reason. It offers two views of Arizona, and our future:
Martha McSally's Arizona follows the Trump agenda, embraces tax cuts for the wealthy, values veterans, wants a border wall, seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and is itching for a fight on trade, tariffs, immigration, foreign relations and the environment.
Kyrsten Sinema's Arizona is more pragmatic than ideological, unafraid to change, concerned about health-care affordability and access, values veterans, supports local law enforcement assisting federal immigration authorities, and is inclined to work together rather than draw battle lines.
Two moments from our interview with Sinema stood out as we weighed our endorsement choice for Senate: On health care, she talked about how working with others takes compromise, but that the discussion must begin with clear and defined principles to build on. "You don't just show up with a plan," she said.
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