Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), who on Friday switched her party allegiance to Independent, was no longer a customer of Authentic, a Democratic digital consulting firm, a source close to the company told Politico.
Sinema was a longtime client of the firm, and losing her as a client will hurt her chances of winning reelection in 2024.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that was made public on Friday morning, Sinema declared she would leave the Democratic Party and join the Independent Party, saying she ultimately thought it made “a lot of sense” because “a growing number of Arizonans and people like me just don’t feel like we fit neatly into one party’s box or the other.”
All of this comes after a staff uprising at the digital company earlier this year as a result of her votes against policies supported by the Biden administration, such as ending the filibuster, which was supported by the majority of Democrats, and her infamous “no” vote against raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Workers at the company who “profess fidelity to a set of progressive values,” according to the report from earlier this year, expressed their “horror and irritation” about working with Sinema. One employee of the company said in internal union messages that the magazine reviewed that “I am doing the devil’s work,” while another staffer stated, “I feel sick about it tbh.”
Politico both the digital agency and Sinema’s office for comment on the report, but neither one of them would do so.
According to Federal Election Commission records, spending for Sinema’s campaign has included digital consulting and list acquisition, and Politico reported that the campaign has received over $700,000 in business since 2020.
Notably, because Sinema would caucus with the Democrats after switching parties, the Democrats will still hold a 51-seat majority in the Senate.
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