Ann Kirkpatrick has a history of questionable votes. She was instrumental in a land swap, giving Apache lands to a multinational mining corporation. She touted an A+ rating from the NRA in the past, and was opposed to a renewal of the assault weapons ban in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. She's opposed to Medicare for All. She's spoken out against "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants.

She voted not to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay (she turned out to be the deciding vote). She voted against the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill. She's spoken favorably about a "balanced budget" amendment, which analysts say would devastate Social Security and Medicare. She's already walked back multiple stances she's taken during this campaign.

So why are the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Emily's List, nationwide fundraising powerhouses, throwing her their undying support? I ask: what exactly is "democratic" about this CD2 primary?

Ryan Kelly

Northwest side

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.


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