Sen. Kristen Sinema (D-Ariz.) has resigned five veterans selected to serve on advisory councils, citing them as an obstacle to advancement.
According to a letter obtained by The New York Times, the veterans criticized Sinema for refusing to remove the filibuster and the president’s opponents from Joe Biden’s agenda.
“You have been a major obstacle to progress, answering to big donors rather than your own people,” the veterans wrote in the letter.
The letter was featured in an ad for Common Defense, an activist group made up of progressive veterans denouncing the cinema.
“We should not be buying representation from you, and your failure to stand with your people and see their immediate needs is disturbing,” he added.
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Five veterans have served on the cinema’s advisory council since 2019, the outlet said.
Sylvia Gonzalez Andersch was one of the veterans who signed the letter and criticized the cinema in an interview, as reported by the Times.
“Democrats are desperately trying to help him win the seat, and now we’re realizing, what’s that for?” Andrash said. “No one knows what he’s thinking because he doesn’t tell anyone. It’s so sad to think that someone you’ve worked so hard to elect still doesn’t want to listen.”
In a statement to The Times, Sinema said he will be “forever grateful for the service he has given to the people of our country.”
He continued, “While it is unfortunate that apparent disagreements over separate policy issues led to this decision … I thank them for their service and continue to work every day to serve Arizona’s veterans. Ga who sacrificed so much to keep us safe and secure.”
Cinema recently faced pressure from protesters opposing parts of Biden’s agenda. Earlier this month, protesters followed the senator in a bathroom at Arizona State University to discuss the issues with him, as IJR reported.
He later addressed the incident in a statement, claiming it was “unacceptable” and “illegal”.
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