Jan 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Arizona Democratic Party censures Sinema for blocking voting rights legislation

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., arrives for a Senate Democrats luncheon with President Joe Biden

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Leaders from the Arizona Democratic Party voted to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Saturday morning after she chose to "protect the filibuster and obstruct voting rights legislation."

Driving the news: Sinema, along with fellow Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted with Republicans on Wednesday to block changing Senate rules to pass the voting rights measure.

The big picture: The Arizona Democratic Party Executive Board censured Sinema on Saturday "as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy.”

  • "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," a statement from the Arizona Democratic Party reads.
  • "In the choice between an archaic legislative norm and protecting Arizonans' right to vote, we choose the latter, and we always will," the statement reads.

What she's saying: "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," Sinema’s spokesperson Hannah Hurley told Axios in a statement.

  • "She’s delivered for Arizonans and has always been honest about where she stands," Hurley said in the statement.

Of note: Vice President Kamala Harris said earlier this month that she is "not going to absolve" any member of the Senate who will not take action to pass voting rights legislation.

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