Arizona Democratic Party censures Sinema for blocking voting rights legislation
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.
- Sinema maintained that she was in favor of the voting rights legislation but was against changing the filibuster.
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.