Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema is contending with flyers that have surfaced from her days as an anti-war activist in the early 2000s. The flyers depict an American soldier as a skeleton that is inflicting “U.S. terror” in Iraq and the Middle East, CNN reported.
Is this significant?
The flyers could become an issue as Sinema, the Democratic nominee, faces Republican challenger Martha McSally in one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races.
The flyers were apparently found via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, CNN reported. They promoted a February 2003 rally organized by Local to Global Justice, a group Sinema reportedly co-founded.
A flyer for the event stated: "You can help us push back U.S. terror in Iraq and the Middle East." The flyer also showed a cartoon with group of protesters attempting to stop three skeletons: One dressed as a soldier, one in a top hat holding a dollar bill and another dressed in a suit. The flyer listed the website for Sinema's group and an email for a local anarchist group that also participated.
Another flyer titled "Stop the War," urged action "against Bush and his fascist, imperialist war." A cartoon on the flyer said, "Government is slavery," and "Its laws are cobwebs for the rich and chains of steel for the poor."
"Kyrsten comes from a military family and is very proud of her record supporting Arizona's servicemembers, veterans, and their families," Sinema campaign spokeswoman Helen Hare said in an emailed comment to CNN. "Attacks on Kyrsten's respect for those who serve have already been called out as false, and Kyrsten is going to stay focused on the issues that matter most to Arizonans — like making sure Congresswoman McSally and her allies can't roll back protections for patients with pre-existing conditions."
Hare added that Sinema neither designed nor approved the flyers.
What has her opponent said?
McSally has attacked Sinema's anti-war comments from the past. Congresswoman McSally was a Lt. Col. in the Air Force and the first female pilot in the Air Force to fly in combat and serve as a squadron commander of a combat aviation squadron.
Sinema’s campaign has said that although she has criticized U.S. intervention in Iraq, she has always supported the members of the armed forces.
Sinema’s past political positions are a contrast to the more moderate beliefs she has developed since being elected to Congress in 2012, the report noted.
She has voted against the Iran deal and in the past backed President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria. In 2015, she voted with Republicans to stop admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees until the vetting process was revamped.