In this midterm election season, the race to win the seat left vacant by outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has been under an intense spotlight. The state's Republican-controlled contingent is facing a potential shake-up if Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, wins against her opponent, Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican.

Much has been discussed in general about the Democratic candidate's supposedly "moderate facade." She and her allies would like to project an image of compromise and bipartisanship, but that does not match up with the reality of her positions and sound bites. A common leftist tendency is to place much emphasis on the gender of female candidates, especially those involved in such a historic race where the winner will be the first female to represent Arizona in the Senate. But if women in the state even looked just a bit closer, they'd notice that Sinema has her own history of being hostile to womanhood.

A 2012 piece in the Phoenix New Times entitled "Kyrsten Sinema's Hilary Rosen Moment, and Her Persistent Verbal Flubbery" speaks to that habit, as it references a 2006 interview where Sinema ridiculed stay-at-home mothers.

"These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they're choosing to live that life. That's bullshit. I mean, what the fuck are we really talking about here?"

The quote got Sinema in hot water at the time, even though she quickly walked back on them, claiming that the interview was meant to be an over-the-top Daily Show-type spoof, and that she really did value moms of all stripes.

But odds are pretty good that a Republican opponent in a general election will use such remarks against Sinema, even if her Democratic opponents in the primary shy from mentioning them.

Though some may scoff at the 12-year-old quote being used in a 2018 election, it serves to represent the kind of modern-day feminism Sinema subscribes to — one that looks down on those who take a more traditional route of placing family over career aspirations.

There are other concerns, too.

Sinema has long been a supporter of abortion "rights" in the state of Arizona. As reported, she has not only voted consistently to support the country's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, by way of taxpayer funding, but also "voted against a compassionate popular measure to stop abortion after five months, a point by which unborn babies can feel pain." That an individual, most especially a female, is unmoved by the humanity of a pain-capable unborn life says much about how little that person values the natural, God-given abilities that women possess. It also says that, to Sinema, political agendas are more important than truth.

How then can Sinema be trusted to truly represent Arizonan females? Not only has she disparaged women who choose a career inside the home, but she also cares little about the lives they are capable of carrying. This may align well with the third-wave propensity to look down upon traditional femininity, but it does not prove that Sinema herself is a tireless advocate for all.

There are some personal similarities between Sinema and McSally. Both are currently unmarried and neither are mothers. But while Sinema has a history of being somewhat hostile to women who choose a different route, McSally does not. Not only is the nation's first female commander of an Air Force fighter squadron vocally pro-life, but she knows the value of women in and outside of the home, having been raised by a single mother who took on the roles of both provider and parent.

If our country is to increase the number of females in elected government, it must do so wisely. For Arizonans, the choice is clear.

Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog and a senior contributor at