In a new undercover video, Project Veritas revealed that a member of U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema’s senatorial campaign mocked voters in Arizona. On tape, campaign manager Michelle Davidson told a Project Veritas reporter that Sinema -- a liberal Democrat -- will pursue legislation that would grant a “path to citizenship” for all non-criminal alien applicants. Davidson said of Sinema in the video: “She’s going to stand up and protect Arizonans values. Whatever the f**k that means.”

According to Project Veritas, the video reveals that Sinema’s campaign to win a seat in the U.S. Senate must make her appear more moderate than she really is. The video recorded, for instance, Sinema’s campaign manager saying, “We can’t be talking about an assault weapons ban,” while a top donor to Sinema said that gun control “couldn’t be a platform issue,” even while Sinema would still vote for it. A staffer avowed that Sinema “is pro-choice. She is very liberal, she’s progressive.”

A donor said that Sinema should not do “anything that’ll alienate any voters… gotta be all Martha McSally is a c**t and uh, and [Sinema is] good.”
The founder of Project Veritas, James O’Keefe, said that while Sinema has a reputation for being a “radical firebrand,” she now knows that she must convince “moderate voters to win her Seenate race.” He said that Sinema has “perfected the art of playing it safe while diminishing her prior views and behavior.”

In the video, Sinema’s campaign manager Davidson explained that for tactical reasons, the candidate cannot forthrightly favor a ban on so-called assault weapons. Davidson said, “… I think Kyrsten’s approach is so, I think, important. We can’t be talking about an assault weapons ban… “

In the video, Rep. Sinema says that fellow Arizonans will “actually shoot you” if you support gun bans in a campaign. Davidson says that while Sinema cannot outwardly campaign for gun bans, she can advocate for other forms of gun control. Davidson said: “So we can’t talk about that [assault weapon bans] right? So what Kyrsten… the conversation that she can lead is how do we get to a place where we can, background checks… We’ve got to fix the gun show loophole, we have to fix the background check system. We’ve got to make it harder for people who have been convicted of domestic violence and other violent crimes to get guns—I mean those are the conversations we can have.”

According to donor Steve Andrews, Sinema may have to be silent on assault weapon bans, he felt assured that “voting I’d have to assume she’ll be okay.” Andrews adds “she won’t support assault weapons, I don’t think.”

On the video, Sinema is clear about her stance on immigration, saying that the government should grant a path to citizenship to anybody in the country who has not committed a “bad crime.” Sinema said, “I believe that we should offer citizenship to every person in this country who isn’t bad. You know, if you haven’t committed a bad crime, you know, then you should get a path to citizenship. That’s what I believe.”

Several campaign staffers avow on tape that Sinema is far more progressive than she appears. Field organizer Lauren Fromm said in the video, “There’s a lot of very conservative people in Arizona and so [Sinema] can’t alienate the conservative or moderate conservative voters by being super pro- she is pro-choice. She is very liberal, she’s progressive.” From went on to say that Sinema does not wish “to draw too much attention to being progressive” because Arizona is a conservative state. Fromm said that Sinema must “capture all the moderate voters” because “Arizona is a red state.”

Campaign staffer Madison Snarr, says that Sinema will vote “Democratic.” Apparently mocking the people of Arizona, Snarr said: “She’s going to vote for the interests of Arizonans. She’s going to stand up and protect Arizonan values. Whatever the f**k that means.” Snarr admitted that voters who like President Donald Trump should not vote for Sinema.

Donor Steve Andrews said of Sinema, that she is a liberal, “but that’s not a way to win in this state.” He said on the video, “She probably is [progressive] in her heart, but she knows to survive and get elected, she’s gotta walk the walk a little bit. And I respect that, I’m tired of losing.” While saying that Sinema should take care to avoid alienating any voters, she can be relied upon to vote “against Trump.” He said, “[Sinema can’t do] anything that’ll alienate any voters at this point in time. It’s gotta be all good. It’s gotta be all Martha McSally is a c**t… But she’ll be a vote… She’ll vote against Trump. If [the Democrats] get control of both houses during the Trump administration, it would be big, that’s why we’re so heavily invested in the Senate.”

Campaign staffer Michael Smyser said that once in the Senate, Sinema will have more time to advance a her progressive agenda and will only have to be moderate at reelection time. Smyser said, “I could totally see this happening… see, this is why it makes sense as well why she’s a more moderate democrat, in the house at least.  Like, her voting.  Um, it’s just because those are only two-year terms.  And so, with that, with such short terms they just really, there’s not a lot of time for them to like get their… the public that’ they’re representing on board with a lot of like more swinging left type things.  Um, but when there’s six years, with a Senate seat…” When the journalist responded, “She [Sinema] has more time to do more progressive things,” Smyser answered, “Yeah.”




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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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