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This morning, the Arizona Republic reported on the controversy surrounding Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s television ad that focuses on a Veteran’s suicide:
A top VA official pushed back against the ad.
In a Sept. 4 email to Phoenix VA staffers, acting Director Glenn Costie disputed the ad’s characterization of VA care for Daniel Somers, though he did not explicitly name Kyrsten Sinema or Somers. The agency confirmed the email’s authenticity to The Republic.
“Phoenix staff, I want to pass on the rest of the story concerning the campaign ad being shown in our area regarding a Veteran who hurt himself,” Costie wrote. “I think it is important that we fill in some of the gaps of information from the ad.”
Costie said Daniel Somers was seeing a private healthcare provider at the time of his death and that records showed nothing unusual while he was under VA care.
“It appears the Veteran was getting his care in the private sector after May 2009 . . . He committed suicide on or about June 10, 2013,” Costie wrote. “Several reviews of the Veteran’s records have found that there were no unusual variations in care while the VA was the Veteran’s healthcare provider.”
Wendy Rogers, herself a 5th generation military officer and the Republican candidate in the 9th District, described Sinema’s TV ad as “vile.”
And this isn’t the first time Sinema has gotten into trouble talking about the military.
As further evidence that her Democratic opponent is insincere, Rogers pointed to Sinema’s apology in May for sending a fundraising e-mail that cited the VA crisis.
Sinema’s e-mail asked supporters to sign a petition calling for an investigation of the Phoenix VA, while soliciting contributions for her re-election campaign. Her campaign manager said the e-mail was a mistake by a campaign vendor and promised to make a donation to a veterans group.
Rogers called Sinema’s fundraising plea “absolutely disgusting.”
Sinema has drawn heat on military issues before. In her first run for Congress in 2012, opponents criticized Sinema’s past anti-war activism and comments about closing Luke Air Force Base.”
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Wendy Rogers responded: “No matter what she says, Sinema has never been a friend to the military or to veterans. More profoundly disturbing, Sinema is a self-serving, two-faced, arrogant fraud to think she can perpetrate her ‘affection-for-the-military’ ruse on voters. In reality, veterans know she has crossed the line and violated us. I find it sickening that Kyrsten Sinema would air such an ad. It is revolting that she would attempt to exploit a soldier’s suicide for her own political gain.”
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