In the aftermath of Sen. Kyrsten Sinama (D-Ariz.) being sworn-in this week as the first openly bisexual U.S. senator, a member of the Republican National Committee took to Facebook on Saturday to express consternation over the “dumb ass people” in his own state who elected her.
Bruce Ash, who has represented Arizona on the RNC since 2007 and is one of the RNC’s most senior members, made the comments in a public post on Facebook in response to Vice President Mike Pence swearing in the new senator, criticizing Sinema for her appearance during the event.
“Simena looking more like Senator Madonna than the Senator Barbie Doll she advertised when she ran for election in 2018,” Ash writes. “Her politics and positions will lean further left than the dumb ass people on our side ever imagined when tens of thousands left their ballots blank in the McSally-Sinema election which led the way to her being seated in the U.S. Senate this past week.”
Ash makes the reference to “dumb ass people” in Arizona — apparently faulting his own party for the election result — after a relatively close race last year between Sinema and Republican contender Martha McSally. The contest wasn’t called nearly a week after Election Day because ballots continued to be counted.
Sinema ended up winning with 50 percent of the vote compared to the 47.6 percent won by McSally. (Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would later appoint McSally to fill the vacant seat left by passing of Sen. John McCain.)
In another Facebook post made slightly earlier, Ash suggests disapproval over Sinema for being bisexual and criticizes her choosing taking the oath of office over a law book instead of a Bible.
“Sinema: First Openly Bisexual Senator Won’t Task Oath on Bible…Arizona Proud?” Ash writes.
Sinena used a book from Library of Congress that includes both the U.S. and Arizona constitutions. According to the Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life, Sinema is the only member of Congress who identifies as “religiously unaffiliated.”