May 28, 2023


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Yes, that really is Kyrsten Sinema selling designer clothes and bike gear on Facebook

Yes, that really is Kyrsten Sinema selling designer clothes and bike gear on Facebook

Slate on Thursday posted a tale speculating that U.S. Sen Kyrsten Sinema is padding her income and decluttering her D.C. apartment by reselling designer apparel and athletic equipment on Facebook Marketplace. 

The story stopped short of definitively indicating that the senator, who is one particular of the two most pivotal votes in the entire U.S. Senate, is driving the account advertising trendy garments, athletic apparel and bicycling devices. But mainly because reporter Christina Cauterucci could not get affirmation from Sinema’s business that the “Kyrsten Sinema” Fb account advertising the items is in reality run by the serious senator, she had to couch the descriptions.

“It is 11 a.m. on a Tuesday, and I am exchanging Facebook messages with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema about a frivolously used pair of Badgley Mischka heels. At the very least, I think it is Kyrsten Sinema,” Cauterucci wrote, prior to noting that the Fb profile incorporates Sinema’s image, statements she life in Phoenix and that the pair’s only mutual friend is a former Democratic National Committee staffer.


The closest Cauterucci arrived to having affirmation from Sinema’s spokesperson, who she was “perplexed” by the fascination in the Facebook Market sales, ended up inquiries about the story’s objective: “Kyrsten’s athletic hobbies? The truth that several Ironman / triathlete opponents resale equipment?”

I can affirm what Cauterucci was unable to: All of the merchandise she featured in her Slate tale have been offered by Arizona’s freshly impartial senator.

I covered Sinema day in and day out in the Arizona Residence of Representatives for six decades when I was a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Instances, and then oversaw protection of her as an editor right after she moved from the condition Senate and then to Congress. 

An regrettable actuality of the position, notably back again in the mid- to late-aughts, when Fb was turning out to be ubiquitous, was checking Fb to mine for probable tales. But for the reason that of that, I’ve been Facebook friends with Sinema on her own account considering the fact that that time.

And as a end result, I can see that the Kyrsten Sinema offering a $3,500 road bicycle body is the very same a person I’ve been Facebook pals with for some 15 or so yrs, and the just one with whom I share 143 good friends — nearly all of whom are from the entire world of Arizona politics and government.

Similarly, Sinema’s private account is the one that posted every piece of outfits and devices Cauterucci linked to in her story. In all, she’s outlined 84 goods on Fb Marketplace.

So, even though Cauterucci was robbed of confirming it was definitely Sinema who sold her designer heels on Fb, she can relaxation simple realizing that, certainly, it was 1 of the most powerful men and women in the U.S. Senate she was investing messages with on Fb.