Will Kyrsten Sinema's Terrorist Connection Doom Her Chance to Win Jeff Flake's Senate Seat?

Kyrsten Sinema by Gage Skidmire, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original


Out in Arizona, Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally is locked in a tight race with Krysten Sinema to fill the empty seat and empty suit left by Jeff Flake retiring from the Senate. The polls show a statistical dead heat but my gut feeling is that McSally is trending up.


From RCP https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2018/senate/az/arizona_senate_mcsally_vs_sinema-6328.html


The two candidates have a rather strange connection. McSally, a former USAF fighter pilot, dropped bombs on terrorists. Sinema had parties with their supporters.

In the aftermath of the first Islamist attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, the federal government began an investigation of Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka the Blind Sheikh, for his role in the attack. His attorney was an aging commie named Lynne Stewart. In 1996, he was sentenced to life in prison as a terrorist douchebag. Stewart continued to represent him on appeal. But in June 2002, something funny happened. Stewart was indicted for aiding Abdel-Rahman in evading restrictions on his communications to his followers, even though those messages could have possibly ordered the death of Americans. Eventually, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In the final event, she served three years before being released on parole after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

It is here that our story picks up:

U.S. Democratic Senate hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader.

Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003.

In the first event’s invite, Sinema said the lawyer was “emphatically not guilty” and would not have been charged with the crime if it weren’t for “the hastily enacted PATRIOT Act,” that expanded the U.S. government’s power to surveil people and thus catch Stewart passing on the messages in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The second event with Stewart came just days later after the first.


Holding an event for someone who conspired with a convicted terrorist to circumvent court-ordered restrictions on his ability to communicate to his followers is exactly what one would expect of a radical leftist like Sinema. One hopes the people of Arizona are taking this into consideration when making their decision.


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