The following article, Democrats Lose Senate Seat as Sinema Changes Affiliation, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Just days after Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock beat Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a runoff for a Georgia Senate seat, the Democratic Party’s mood has begun to foul.
That’s because, in addition to their already tight margins in Congress, one of their own is flying the coop.
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has left the Democratic Party and registered as an independent.
Sinema, in a Friday op-ed in the Arizona Republic, cited increasingly partisan interests and radicalization of both political parties as the reason for her departure.
Sinema was scathing in her critique.
“Americans are told that we have only two choices – Democrat or Republican – and that we must subscribe wholesale to policy views the parties hold, views that have been pulled further and further toward the extremes,” Sinema wrote in the op-ed.
“Most Arizonans believe this is a false choice, and when I ran for the U.S. House and the Senate, I promised Arizonans something different,” she continued. “I pledged to be independent and work with anyone to achieve lasting results. I committed I would not demonize people I disagreed with, engage in name-calling, or get distracted by political drama.”
Sinema had not been in lock-step with the Democratic Party for some time, often finding herself at the controversial center of critical votes that would have advanced the Biden agenda.
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