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Five military veterans on Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's advisory council submitted a letter of resignation to the centrist senator Thursday, criticizing her for not listening to the council or her constituents.
The five veterans said they felt they were "being used as window dressing for [her] image and not to provide counsel on what's best for Arizonans," accusing Sinema of "repeatedly ignor[ing]" their suggestions on "three issues that support our veterans and protect the heart of our nation" in a letter read in an ad by progressive veterans' group Common Defense.
"Are you choosing to answer to big donors rather than Arizonans?" Air Force veteran Sylvia Gonzalez Andersh, one of the five signers, asked, citing Sinema's opposition to provisions of the Freedom to Vote Act, the Build Back Better Act, and the vote to establish the Jan. 6 commission as "not the actions of a maverick."
Andersh said the five veterans, representing a quarter of Sinema's 20-member Veterans Advisory Council, felt the senator ignored their suggestions.
"Democrats were out desperately trying to help her win the seat, and now we feel like, what was it for?" she told the New York Times. "Nobody knows what she is thinking because she doesn't tell anybody anything. It's very sad to think that someone who you worked for that hard to get elected is not even willing to listen."
Sinema said she would always be grateful for the sacrifice made by the veterans in Arizona, particularly the ones who have resigned from her council.
"While it is unfortunate that apparent disagreement on separate policy issues has led to this decision," Sinema told CNN in a statement. "I thank them for their service and will continue working every day to deliver for Arizona's veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and secure."
The Arizona Democrat remains adamant on blocking parts of President Joe Biden's agenda, arguing the administration's stances on voting rights, filibuster reform, and fiscal policies are too extreme. Her stonewalling has earned the ire of the Left, who have released ads targeting her and fellow centrist Sen. Joe Manchin. The West Virginia Democrat's isolation within the leftward-drifting party has grown so much that he is rumored to be considering registering as an independent, a report he called "bulls***."
Representatives for Sinema did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
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