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Arizona Republic makes endorsement for U.S. Senate seat

PHOENIX — The Arizona Republic editorial board on Sunday published its endorsement for Jeff Flake’s U.S. Senate seat ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The Republic endorsed Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over Republican Martha McSally, stating that Sinema’s ability to come off as more genuine shined through in a battle between two candidates who have similar values.

“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. There is too much ‘us and them’ in D.C., and it hurts how we are governed,” the editorial said.

“The real Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema know that. But Sinema is the only one willing to say it (repeatedly) from behind her mask.”

The Republic notes how a lack of civility between the two candidates made it difficult to endorse a candidate.

Sinema and McSally have heavily used attack ads in their campaign strategy, a strategy the Republic believes has not benefited McSally.

“Maybe the vitriol of a hard-fought primary got to McSally. But she looked like the smaller person in their only televised debate, repeatedly calling Sinema a liar and, later, a traitor for her decade-old Taliban comments,” The Republic’s editorial said. “McSally even sent out a press release saying the penalty for treason was death (though she later clarified that she doesn’t mean Sinema should die).”

The Republic also endorsed Sinema for her ability to grow as a politician.

Sinema’s willingness to work with Republicans was a major plus in her candidacy, according to the Republic.

“More than 60 percent of the bills she co-sponsored this session were introduced by Republicans. She voted just a couple of weeks ago to make some of the tax cuts permanent in last year’s Republican-led bill – making her one of three Democrats to do so,” according to the editorial.

Sinema told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos during an in-studio interview Wednesday that she wasn’t “particularly proud of the parties.”

Sinema is trying to become the first Democrat to win a Senate race in Arizona since Dennis DeConcini in 1988.

“Because I am an independent voice for Arizonans and I want folks to — when the see my ads or hear from me, or when I’m talking to them or listening to them — I want them to think about who I am as their elected official and as their public servant,” Sinema said.

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