Not Exactly Democracy in Action

There’s an election; one candidate wins, one candidate loses. The winning candidate gets the job and the losing candidate gets to move on other things.

In theory.

But not, apparently, in Arizona.

There, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally waged a fierce campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate to replace the very flaky Jeff Flake.  Sinema won and got the job; McSally lost and got to move onto other things.

Like the U.S. Senate.

Say what?

That’s because Jon Kyl, whom Arizona Republican Governor Rob Ducey appointed to fill the Senate vacancy created by the death of John McCain, apparently decided he didn’t really want the job after all.

So Governor Ducey, with seven million Arizonans from whom to choose, decided to appointed McSally to fill the vacancy left upon Kyl’s resignation.

Even though, in a closely contested election, Arizona voters rejected the idea of sending McSally to the Senate.

If that’s not a perversion of the democratic process, The Curmudgeon doesn’t know what is.

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