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Why I Quit Advising Kyrsten Sinema

The Arizona senator is notorious for ignoring her constituents. Five members of her Veterans Advisory Council have had enough.


Episode Notes

Last week, five members of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Veterans Advisory Council publicly stepped down. In their resignation letter, they claimed that they were just “window dressing for her image” and called her “one of the principal obstacles to progress.” One of those veterans explains why she finally said “enough.”

Guest: Sylvia González Andersh, former member of Sinema’s Veterans Advisory Council.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.