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Kyrsten Sinema faces backlash from Arizona Democrats for his pro-filibuster stance


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s statement on Thursday that she would not consider changing Senate rules to enact voting rights legislation prompted an immediate backlash from fellow Democrats in Arizona.

Condemnation of Sinema’s filibuster stance came from all levels of the Democratic Party in his home state, including the state party, the state party’s legislative leadership, a congressman from the Arizona and grassroots activists who helped her win her seat in 2018.

“We are disappointed to say the least that Senator Sinema chose to protect an outdated rule about her constituents,” the Arizona Democratic Party said. noted Thusday.

In one declaration, State Representative Reginald Bolding (D-Phoenix), the leader of the state House Democratic caucus, exposed the continued efforts of Republicans in Arizona to restrict voting in the state based on the lies of the election fraud by former President Donald Trump before expanding on Sinema.

Bolding attacked Sinema for championing “obsolete Jim Crow-era filibuster”. He challenged her “to get out of her DC bubble and take a closer look at her state and her country,” to see that voting rights “are being systematically revoked right now — here and in state legislatures around the world. country”.

“Given the choice of cementing the legacy of John Lewis or trampling on it, I will never understand Senator Sinema’s speech today,” Bolding added.

Immediately after Sinema reiterated his opposition to the Senate filibuster rules change, U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), a potential Sinema lead challenger, took to the floor to speak on the right to vote. and called the senator by name.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) said she would not change Senate filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation during a Senate speech on Thursday.

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“Today the House showed where it is,” Gallego said, referring to the House passing suffrage legislation earlier Thursday before Sinema announced she would vote for it. kill him in the Senate. “We will not hesitate to protect our democracy and the voting rights of all Americans. It is high time the United States Senate and Senator Sinema did the same.

Gallego told CNN on Friday that he was “very disappointed” in Sinema for “blocking voting rights legislation.”

“I never say no in the future,” Gallego said of a potential 2024 primary challenge against Sinema.

An early effort for Sinema’s primary in his 2024 re-election campaign, called the Sinema Primary Project, announced that he had raised $28,000 after Sinema’s Thursday speech, more than 10% of his total raised during his first 100 days, and grew its Twitter account from 6,000 users to more than 37,000 by Friday afternoon.

Sinema could also lose the endorsements and grassroots support of groups, activists and party leaders who helped her defeat Republican Senator Martha McSally by 55,000 votes in 2018.

“My reaction is every adjective to describe being disappointed,” Signed Oliver, a supervolunteer for the Sinema campaign who sits on the steering committee of two local Arizona grassroots groups, Desert Progress Indivisible and Indivisible West Phoenix.

“It’s like almost being in an abusive relationship where you have hope, but the person continually disappoints you,” Oliver added.

Kyrsten Sinema faces backlash from Arizona Democrats for his pro-filibuster stance
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), a potential primary challenger to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) in 2024, criticized the senator for her filibuster stance.

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By supporting Sinema’s 2018 campaign, local Indivisibles groups, like the one Oliver helps lead, have held over 2,500 events, knocked on over 5,000 doors, made over 235,000 phone calls and sent over 500 000 text messages. This is only a small part of the work grassroots activists have done to help Sinema, as many Indivisible members have volunteered directly for his campaign to avoid duplication of effort.

Sinema could also lose support from national groups that helped elect him in 2018. The League of Conservation Voters and End Citizens United PAC both endorsed Sinema in 2018, with LCV spending more than $800,000 on his election. They joined three other groups in sending a letter to senators on Thursday announcing they would withhold campaign endorsements from candidates who do not support changing Senate filibuster rules.

For now, Arizona Democrats feel let down by their senior senator.

“We’re left here on the front line because we have a senator who’s not caring about her condition,” Bolding told HuffPost.

But they hope that somehow she will change her tune.

“We have two more years to work with her,” Oliver said. “We are open and willing to work with her, but she is going to have to leave this position on the filibuster.”

What if Sinema sticks to a position that denies suffrage a path to passage, which she has held since President Joe Biden won the presidency and Democrats took control of the Senate, says Oliver , “our only alternative is to pass it to the primary”.




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