The Arizona Democratic Party is set to vote on whether to censure Senator Kyrsten Sinema after she was accused of siding with President Donald Trump’s policies and views on too many occasions.
According to The Arizona Republicthe Sinema vote was pushed by frustrated progressives who see his electoral record as running counter to party values.
Progressives cited Sinema voting to confirm Trump-backed William Barr as attorney general and David Bernhardt as interior secretary as two examples of the Arizona Democrat welcoming the president, according to a resolution obtained through ABC 15.
The resolution also states that Sinema was the only Senate Democrat who did not co-sponsor the Save the Internet Act – a bill to restore Barack Obama’s net neutrality rules rejected by the FCC – and to have allegedly “did not not supported the Principles of the Democratic Party’s 2016 Platform.”
Dan O’Neal, the state coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America, said The Arizona Republic“We really support Kyrsten Sinema, we want her to succeed, we want her to be the best senator in the country. But the way she votes is really disappointing. We want democrats to vote like democrats and not like democrats. Republicans.”
According to FiveThirtyEight’Like Trump Tracker, Sinema voted for or in favor of Trump’s agenda 54.5% of the time in the Senate and House.
Felecia Rotellini, chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party, said she does not know if the vote of no confidence, which will take place Sept. 21 at the party’s quarterly meeting, will pass.
Rotellini says The Arizona Republic. “We are a very diverse group and that also means diversity of thought.
“I don’t think it gives the party a bad image, I don’t think it’s a sign of a divide. I think it’s a sign of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same subject. “
Sinema has previously responded to criticism that she has not spoken about some of Trump’s inflammatory policies or remarks, saying she refuses to be drawn into Washington’s “pettiness and partisanship”.
“I promised Arizonans that I would never be a part of this typical Washington chaos and drama and I will continue to stay focused, like a laser, on the things that really matter to people in their daily lives,” she said. said in July.
The Senate website states that censure is not as severe as an expulsion but can have a “powerful psychological effect on a member” and his or her relations in the Senate.
In 2014, former Arizona senator John McCain was censured by the state’s Republican Party over his seemingly liberal electoral record, including immigration reform and support for Obamacare.