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Progressive Arizona Democrats Tell Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to Toe the Party Line or Face Censure

Progressive Arizona Democrats Tell Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to Toe the Party Line or Face Censure

How dare Sinema not vote along party lines at all times!

Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been one of the few pleasant surprises in Washington, DC.

But Sinema has strayed too far away for her fellow Arizona Democrats. The Progressive Caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party wants to censure “Sinema for failing to support the tenets of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform.”

ABC15 in Phoenix has a copy of the resolution. The caucus wants a vote on the resolution at a meeting this weekend.

The caucus accused Sinema of these crimes against the party:

  • Sinema voted to confirm Attorney General William Barr
  • Sinema did not co-sponsor the Save the Internet Act
  • Sinema voted to confirm Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

Progressive Caucus leader Dan O’Neal told ABC15 that they have concerns over her voting record. He insisted they love her, but “want her to vote like a Democrat rather than supporting Trump half the time.”

According to FiveThirtyEight, Sinema has voted with Trump 54.5% of the time:

Sinema Voting Record

The caucus seems to forget that while a politician belongs to a party, they are in office to represent a district or state. If Sinema chooses to vote based on the wishes of those in Arizona then the caucus needs to pipe down.

I reached out to Sinema’s office. I asked her press secretary if that is how the senator chooses to vote. If she responds I will update this post.

Here’s the thing. Sinema served in the US House of Representatives before she won the Senate seat in 2018. She voted more with Trump during her tenure in the House than she has so far in the Senate.

In other words, Arizonans knew exactly how Sinema votes in Congress. They still elected her.

President Donald Trump won Arizona in 2016, 48.1% to Hillary’s 44.6%. Yes, he barely won the state, but the state still elected him.

ABC15 reported the latest polls show Sinema with a 54% favorable rating while “favorability within her own party is at 85%.”

Plus, Sinema has never kept it a secret that she hates partisan politics:

In past interviews, Sinema has brushed aside calls that she is insufficiently partisan and that she should speak out against Trump’s more inflammatory comments or policies.

“As everyone knows, I am 100% focused on the needs of everyday Arizonans, and I refuse to be distracted by the pettiness and the partisanship that has invaded Washington,” she said during a July interview. “… I promised Arizonans that I would never be a part of that typical Washington chaos and drama and I’m going to continue to stay focused, just like a laser, on the stuff that actually matters to the people in their everyday lives.”

This might come back to bite the progressive wing in the Arizona Democratic Party. Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini does not know if they will pass the resolution.

Rotellini said that the Arizona Democratic Party is “a very diverse group and that means diversity of thought, as well.” However, she also dismissed any suggestions that a censor proves a problem within the party. She described a censure resolution as “an indication of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same topic.”

Sinema Censure by Washington Examiner on Scribd


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she’s borderline hawt, but she’s bat quano crazy, and we all know the rule about crazy, right?

She’s a prog through and through, just tosses some meaningful votes like Barr when it doesn’t matter.

Let the circular firing squad commence on the left, but no good news here for conservatives since this bolsters her fake centrist credentials like a Joe Manchin.

Unless they actually stayed home next election and let a conservative win.

PS- McSally, you lost to Cra-Cra Kyrsten. For shame.

    Tom Servo in reply to PrincetonAl. | September 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    She may be a prog, but the great irony is that she’s been voting more conservative than Jeff Flake ever did. Or John McCain, for that matter.

    Well, a caveat on that – McCain was always happy to vote very conservatively as long as he knew his vote was going to be on the losing side.

I remember it wasn’t tath long ago the left demanded the right cross the aisle. Now they refuse. So what’s the common ground?

I’d censure her – for not bending over enough.

“As everyone knows, I am 100% focused on the needs of everyday Arizonans, and I refuse to be distracted by the pettiness and the partisanship that has invaded Washington”

All well and fine, but what does it have to do with federal government?

The battle is between parties (or should be—the Democrats know it, the Republicans too often seem to have forgotten). Parties are physical manifestations, however imperfect, of philosophies.

The Republican party was founded in 1854 specifically to oppose the disgusting national policies of the Democrats. At that time, the Dems were pushing for anything which would increase the number of slave states and pro-slavery senators. The purpose of the Republican party was not confined to looking after the parochial interests of individual states or constituencies. And today, when the Dems are in the vanguard of the socialist assault on classical civilization, national interests and goals are as important as they were in 1861.

What’s good for the Republicans should also be good for the Democrats. The Party apparatus didn’t send Sinema to Washington so she could dabble at her hobbies. She has a job to do, and they don’t think she’s doing it.

In Winston Churchill’s early autobiography, he mentions falling into a similar trap, and imagining that the Party (he was a Conservative at the time) was in the least bit interested in the silly-assed opinions of an individual MP.

This is good for her. It scores her points with the mush mush middle crowd of that state.

Didn’t she stand and applaud Trump during the SOTU and earn a rebuke from one of House reps?

She’s done a few things – made a few votes – that I’ve admired.

It’s time like this when I do have a teeny tiny little bit of sympathy for feminists–because I look at this legislature and all I can think of is “cute!!”

This is 100% a ploy for her next election. She’s doing this in concert with the progressive caucus. Only a sucker would believe it.

“I only serve the people of Arizona! And you can ask the progressives of our state all about it!!”

Only a fool will fall for this shit. She will cast with Trump for meaningless shit, but when AWB or MFA comes up for a vote, we all know which way her vote is going.

The left is insane.

She is coming close to meeting the Supreme Soviet.

“According to FiveThirtyEight, Sinema has voted with Trump 54.5% of the time ….” That’s better than some RINOs and likely Flake.

Censure must be a good thing then.

A yesteryear progressive, perhaps classical, that has not liberalized.

When she was campaigning, I found her taste in clothing to be rather poor. Pink this and that. However since her election, I have grown rather fond of her dresses, blouses and shirts. They are colorful and in good taste, far removed from the drab of the other female candidates.

    CDR D in reply to puhiawa. | September 18, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    D’Rat or not, she is easier on the eyes than any others in her rotten stinking excuse of a party, and that includes Willie Brown’s blow-up doll. Hirono, Feinstein, Klobuchar, et al…

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | September 19, 2019 at 1:10 am

Hmmmm! Dem women…how does one choose?

Sheila Jackson-Lee
Nancy Pelosi
Kyrsten Sinema
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I’m conflicted.


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