Democrats blast Kyrsten Sinema after Arizona win – ‘only cares about himself’

Mark Kelly’s triumph in Arizona after a tough campaign against Trump-backed newcomer Blake Masters means Democrats retain control of the Senate. But not all Arizona Democrats are entirely happy after blaming the state’s senior Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema for not contributing to Kelly’s success.

In an interview with MSBNC, Democratic Representative for Arizona’s 7th congressional district, Ruben Gallego, said the Democrats fought as a team during the race, but “Senator Sinema was nowhere to be found.”

He said: “We haven’t seen her at any public event for anyone and when we’ve had some of these races that are really in the mix right now she could have been a very good deputy to help a lot of our candidates but she has did nothing. Because she only cares about herself.”

Gallego had previously criticized Sinema on social media, responding with a sarcastic thanks to a tweet from the senator urging voters to be patient ahead of the final election results.

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U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in Washington, DC September 14, 2022. Sinema has been criticized by some Democrats for her absence from campaigning in the final race of the senatorial election.
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“Thank you for all of your help this year,” the US Navy combat veteran replied to her tweet.

news week has reached out to Gallego and Sinema for comment.

Originally from Tucson but spending much of her childhood in Florida, Sinema began her career in the Arizona Green Party before joining the Democratic Party in 2004. In 2012, the 46-year-old was elected to the House of Representatives and in 2018 she won the Senate race to replace the retiring Jeff Flake.

Sinema was the first woman to represent Arizona in the Senate and the first openly bisexual woman to be elected to either the House of Representatives or the Senate. She is currently the highest-ranking Democrat in the state.

Her absence from the state’s campaign trails was noted by local media. The non-partisan newspaper Arizona Capitol Times wrote that Sinema was “noticeably absent” from the campaign and did not “stumble in extremely close national races for her party’s nominees”.

According to AZ Central, Sinema was invited to a rally with former President Barack Obama in early November, but declined.

A spokeswoman for Sinema – Hannah Hurley – said so Republic of Arizona Newspaper that the senator donated $10,000 to Kelly’s campaign and made public statements supporting both Kelly and gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs.

The winner of the gubernatorial race has yet to be announced, with Trump-backed Republican nominee Kari Lake trailing 52-year-old Phoenix-born Hobbs, who currently has 50.5 percent of the vote. Democrats blast Kyrsten Sinema after Arizona win – ‘only cares about himself’

Rick Schindler

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