Powerful Constituents Reveal Effort To Unseat Kyrsten Sinema In Arizona

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An advocacy organization involved in Latino communities has announced plans for a campaign to get Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) out of office. Animosity towards Sinema among Democrats has reached a formidable new level following her recent decision to join every Senate Republican and one other conservative Democrat in voting down a proposed rules change in the Senate that would have allowed for the passage of voting rights protections at the federal level. Now, Voto Latino has announced a “new campaign including a six-figure ad buy during the 2024 primary season, to hold Senator Kyrsten Sinema accountable for her obstruction of critical voting reforms that would protect the rights of millions of Latino voters,” a press release from the group explains.

Maria Teresa Kumar, the organization’s founder and president, pointedly commented as follows:

‘A thriving democracy is dependent on equal access to the voting booth regardless of color or creed. Efforts to suppress the vote–and Senator Sinema’s opposition to suspending the filibuster for legislation to protect Arizona voters’ rights–run directly counter to our mission. Senator Sinema’s vote to allow opponents of voting rights to abuse senate rules in order to rig elections in their favor is a line crossed. We’re going to make sure her voters never forget.’

In its press release, Voto Latino described its planned ad campaign as meant “to remind Arizona Latinos about Sinema’s refusal to support their” voting rights, adding that in the meantime, they will be “messaging to supporters and activists in the state about Senator Sinema’s profoundly disappointing record in the Senate.” It’s not the only major organization to have turned against Sinema recently — Emily’s List, a pro-reproductive rights group that focuses on women running for office, recently announced that it wouldn’t support Sinema in upcoming elections.

Sinema and her fellow filibuster-supporter Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have argued for bipartisanship when faced with calls for changes to the Senate’s procedures that would let voting rights protections pass with a simple majority, but should bipartisanship really be considered a top priority when the other side is largely focusing on making it more difficult for people to even vote? How could one find areas of bipartisan agreement with that? The situation calls for robust action — and Sinema has failed. A recent survey indicated that just eight percent of Arizona Democratic respondents had a favorable view of Sinema — just eight percent! In other words, it certainly appears as though Sinema could easily lose to a primary challenger, and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), one potential contender, hasn’t ruled it out.