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GOP, Dems seek political gain over V.A. issues

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As long as three weeks ago, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., sought campaign funds for her re-election in an emailed letter. "It’s heartbreaking that up to 40 veterans may have died waiting for care," she wrote. Her office quickly explained that including a request for funds in the mailing was an error made by a vendor that was quickly corrected.

Sinema apologized, and her office said she donated double what she had received in donations from the letter to a veterans group.

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By then, Republicans had jumped. "This is beneath the dignity of her office and she owes the veterans in her district an apology," posted spokesman Matt Gorman.

It was a harbinger of political maneuvering to come.

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