The Arizona Democratic Party’s executive board just voted to censure one of their own, Dem Senator Kyrsten Sinema, for standing up for the filibuster and telling President Joe Biden to go pound sand.
“I want to be clear, the Arizona Democratic Party is a diverse coalition with plenty of room for policy disagreements, however on the matter of the filibuster and the urgency to protect voting rights, we have been crystal clear. In the choice between an archaic legislative norm and protecting Arizonans’ right to vote, we choose the latter, and we always will,” Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán said in a statement.
“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,” Terán added.
Sinema said in a recent speech from the Senate floor that she supported voting rights legislation “because they strengthen Americans’ access to the ballot box and they better ensure that Americans’ votes are counted fairly – it is through elections that Americans make their voices heard, select their representatives, and guide the future of our country and our communities.”
“And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” she added.
“The debate over the Senate’s 60-vote threshold shines a light on our broader challenges.”
“During three terms in the U.S. House, and now in the Senate, Kyrsten has always promised Arizonans she would be an independent voice for the state — not for either political party,” a Sinema spokesperson said.
“She’s delivered for Arizonans and has always been honest about where she stands.”
From Concho Valley HMP:
The remarks come as Senate Democrats suffered a stinging defeat earlier this week after they failed to change filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation by a simple majority.
Sinema, Manchin, and all 50 Republicans in the Senate voted against changing those filibuster rules — a result that was expected.
Filibuster reform, which would require all 50 Senate Democrats and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Harris, is seen as a tool to overcome Democrats’ hurdle in passing their key priorities.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earlier this week dodged a question by “CBS Mornings” co-host Nate Burleson on whether both senators should be challenged in primaries in 2024.
“We’ll address that when we get past this week,” the progressive Democrat replied on Tuesday.