When running for a U.S. Senate seat, it’s not uncommon for a politician to attack the opposing party, but to sound like you’re making fun of everyone in the state you want to represent? That’s certainly not going to help your poll numbers.
It appears a Democrat in a close race for outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) seat may have torpedoed her campaign after a damaging video emerged.
According to a 2011 video clip leaked by the Reagan Battalion and a YouTube channel under her opponent’s, Martha McSally’s, name, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is shown mocking the people of her own state.
McSally and Sinema have been in a tight contest to replace Flake in the U.S. Senate. It’s been a nationally watched contest because McSally is hoping to replace Flake with a staunch conservative while Sinema is hoping to turn the seat blue as part of the hoped-for “blue wave” in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
“I say, quite simply, Arizona [is] coming to a state near you,” Sinema warned in the video taken during a speech to the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, which has the tagline “Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democrats and Straight Allies” emblazoned on a banner behind her.
“It’s true,” she said as the crowd chuckled. “Because over the past several years, people would look at what’s happening in Arizona and say d--- those people are crazy. Is it something in the water? No, the water is fine, we stole it from Colorado.”
“There’s nothing wrong with the water,” she continued. “There’s something wrong with the people in public office in Arizona. Tea Party, Republicans, it’s all the same thing. It’s called crazy.”
After calling anti-illegal immigration measures “white hate,” she said that Arizona is spreading that hatred across the nation by influencing other state’s congressmen and women.
“This is a national strategy to mainstream hatred that has been highlighted and flourished in the Arizona state legislature,” Sinema claimed. “So why it’s important to think about what’s happening in Arizona is simply because that’s what’s coming to your state next.”
As goes Arizona, so goes the nation?
Sinema also bashed Arizona for influencing the nation to protect unborn children, reduce government-provided health care, and reduce government-assured job security.
“I want to talk to you about some of the things that you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona,” she warned the Texas audience.
She spoke about a song she learned in school growing up in Arizona about the five Cs that bring wealth to the state — cattle, copper, citrus, cotton, and climate — and said she would add a sixth C “called crazy.”
This video emerged after a poll released on Wednesday showed former fighter pilot McSally with a growing lead over Sinema. According to ABC 15 Arizona, McSally has 47 percent of voter support and Sinema has 41 percent. Eight percent of voters polled are still undecided.
McSally also posted another video Friday of Sinema calling Arizona “the meth lab of democracy” during a speech.
President Trump endorsed McSally in August, according to Tuscon.com, calling her “an extraordinary woman.”
“Martha McSally is an extraordinary woman. She was a very talented fighter jet pilot and is now a highly respected member of Congress,” he wrote on Twitter. “She is Strong on Crime, the Border and our under siege 2nd Amendment. Loves our Military and our Vets. Has my total and complete Endorsement!”
Watch a brief version and a longer version of Sinema’s 2011 speech below (Parental warning: Brief language):