Democrats in Arizona are opposing a senator who is regarded as one of the most partisan in the nation.
On Monday, Rep. Ruben Gallego blasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, criticizing the Democrat for failing to provide the party’s candidates enough support in a contest in which they won nearly all of the statewide offices.
According to Newsweek, the pugilistic progressive Gallego claimed that “Senator Sinema was nowhere to be found.”
Gallego charged Sinema with deserting Arizona Democrats during an election in which she would have served as a useful spokesperson in an interview with MSNBC.
Gallego has almost certainly declared his intention to challenge Sinema in the 2024 Senate primary.
Sinema received a metaphorical censure from the Arizona Democratic Party for her earlier this year unwillingness to end the Senate filibuster.
Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have stopped Democrats from repealing the Senate rule on a party-line vote, which was necessary to pass a partisan agenda with 50 votes.
According to the Daily Beast, Sinema kept a low profile during the midterm elections in Arizona, raising money for Sen. Mark Kelly while avoiding appearances at functions for Arizona Democrats.
Sinema was the sole Democratic statewide official or candidate who skipped a rally in November that former President Barack Obama attended, and she didn’t declare her support for Katie Hobbs until two weeks before the election.
Perhaps Sinema becoming a Republican isn’t altogether improbable given how accustomed her party is to treating her coldly.
There have been stranger occurrences.
Even pro-Trump conservative Andy Biggs and Mitt Romney are among the Republican politicians with whom the senator with a moderate leaning is friendly.
Sinema has outstayed her welcome in her own party, which is not an understatement, but it’s also reasonable to argue that she’s not exactly a conservative Republican.
The Democrat consistently supports abortion.
Even as a Green Party member in the 2000s, Sinema advocated for extreme left-wing positions, although lately her political discourse has tended to be more moderate.
Even so, maybe having Democrats like Gallego scold you is enough to make you change your mind. Sinema would not be the first Democrat to feel alienated by the extremism of her peers.
In any case, it wouldn’t hurt to carefully consider the qualifications of any candidate who has a chance of succeeding in the state following an election in which Arizona Republicans lost a number of races they ought to have won.
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