U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., delivers her signatures to Arizona Director of Elections Eric Spencer at the Arizona Secretary of State’s office Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Capitol in Phoenix. Sinema is officially running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Women running for office have crossed another threshold with a record number of candidates for the U.S. Senate. Actually winning those seats and changing the face of the chamber are a different matter. Many of the women jumping into Senate races face uphill campaigns. (AP Photo/Matt York)


In a blow to the already faltering and gaffe-plagued senatorial campaign of Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona State Troopers Association withdrew an endorsement of Sinema it had made earlier:

The Arizona State Troopers Association this week withdrew its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in the heated U.S. Senate race after members said they weren’t properly consulted on the matter.

The association, which represents Arizona Department of Public Safety employees and retirees, had endorsed Sinema in the past three federal elections.

Sinema, a Democrat, is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally in a nationally watched race that’s basically neck and neck and has become increasingly heated as Election Day nears.

This year, some members told The Arizona Republic that the association’s executive board voted to endorse Sinema without their input.

That led the association to send out a poll via email to members asking whether they wanted to endorse Sinema or stay neutral in the Senate race.

An email sent by the association to members on Oct. 22, which was obtained by The Republic, says that the recent poll showed “the membership has indicated a preference to stay neutral.”

“All members are encouraged to vote for the candidate they personally support,” the email said. “AZTroopers will refrain from any political statements concerning the race until the conclusion of the election.”

While the endorsement probably had little impact, other than inoculating Sinema, a politician fond of hobnobbing with terrorists, from some criticism, the withdrawal of the nomination less than two weeks from Election Day is going to get some attention. While the genesis of the withdrawal seems to be more rooted in union politics than electoral politics, dots are being connected from Sinema’s denigration of Arizona, Arizona voters, and stay-at-home moms to the withdrawal of the endorsement. As such, it feeds into that feeling that Sinema’s campaign is in a free fall. We can only hope that she reaches terminal velocity soon.

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