Salvino Challenges Sinema to Healthcare Debate

Chris Salvino

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2010

After Appropriations Hearing Dust Up Dr. Chris Salvino Challenges Rep. Sinema to Debate on Healthcare

Tempe, AZ -Last week, GOP Congressional candidate Dr. Chris Salvino testified before the House Appropriations committee on ways to help save the state of Arizona money spent on healthcare. Rep. Sinema became upset because Salvino had dared to send out a press release announcing that he was providing testimony.

“Perhaps Rep. Sinema wasn’t prepared to talk about the issue last week, that is why I wrote her today,” said Dr. Salvino.

Today, Dr. Salvino wrote to Rep. Sinema and challenged her to a debate on the healthcare issue. [The text of the letter is below]

“With Harry Mitchell ducking town hall meetings and Rep. Sinema’s position as President Obama’s lead Arizonan on healthcare reform, I thought that she might be willing to have an honest dialogue on the healthcare issue. Last week when I testified Rep. Sinema was clearly not interested in talking about policy, I hope that changes,” concluded Dr. Salvino

February 22, 2010

The Honorable Kyrsten Sinema
Arizona House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

VIA FACSIMILE 602-417-3015

Dear Representative Sinema:

I write to you today in reference to our exchange from last week when I was providing testimony to the House Appropriations Committee. Specifically, you took issue with the fact that I had put out a press release about my testimony, and you seemed uninterested in discussing the issue at hand. I and other members of the committee were clearly surprised by your reaction.

My purpose was to help educate legislators on the costs associated with the use of helicopter transport in connection with acute trauma care, something that as a trauma surgeon I have firsthand experience with.

My opponent, Congressman Mitchell voted for the disastrous Pelosi-Obama Healthcare Plan, but he won’t engage his own constituents on the issue – that is unfortunate.

However, most Arizonans know President Obama personally selected you to lead the discussion effort in our state on his healthcare proposals. It is with this in mind, and considering that perhaps discussing healthcare at a different venue might be more to your liking, I would like for you and I to debate healthcare in a public forum.

In case you were unaware I have introduced my own healthcare plan and attached a copy of it, the HELP (Health Expense Lowering Plan) for your review.

To schedule the event please call my Campaign Manager, Teresa Martinez on her cell phone at ***-***-****. Thanks again and I look forward to this event!

Most sincerely,

Chris Salvino, M.D.
Republican Candidate
Arizonas Fifth Congressional District


  1. Salvino knows he is running for federal office against Mitchell right?? I know he is pretty new to the state and all but c’mon.

    He might want to focus on the voters of the district and the primary and not some side show debating Sinema..

  2. That is the funniest thing i have read in a while. I give it 10 out of 10 for laying wood to a Democrat. Be hilarious if Sinema fell for the bait.

  3. You all ought to Google the doctor’s name and see what comes up…

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