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KYRSTEN SINEMA CENSURED
Arizona Democrats take action after senator betrays her colleagues on filibuster reform
Arizona Democrats finally have had enough.
After watching Sen Kyrsten Sinema — elected in 2018 as the first Democrat to become a US senator from Arizona in a generation — obstruct the domestic agenda of President Biden and other Democrats for nearly a year, the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) finally took a stand against her Saturday.
The straw that broke the camel's proverbial back was the decision this week to oppose the Democratic filibuster reform effort in an attempt to pass important voting rights legislation.
As she has since Biden's inauguration, Sinema has steadfastly refused to join the overwhelming number of fellow Democrats backing filibuster reform as a means to break Republicans’ own solid obstruction of Biden's prerogatives.
“While we take no pleasure in this announcement, the ADP Executive Board has decided to formally censure Senator Sinema as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy,” the ADP said in a statement following censure.
Despite their often deep frustrations with Sinema's non-cooperation, not all Democrats thought that censuring Sinema was the best course of action — especially in a razor-thin split, 50/50 Senate where the defection of even one senator would spell an end to a Democratic majority.
“The Arizona Democratic Party censures Sinema, she switches parties, McConnell becomes majority leader and no judge is confirmed for the next 3 years. Am I the only one who sees this through line?” tweeted self-described liberal activist Lynn Kaufman.
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