Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has been a surprise in the Senate, often aligning herself with more conservative issues like working on bipartisan border control, voting to confirm some of President Trump’s cabinet members and siding with Republicans on net neutrality.
Since it appears she is thinking for herself and not always toeing the party line, Sinema has angered progressives who will vote to censure her because they find ” her politics too accommodating to President Donald Trump at the expense of Democratic values.”
The Arizona Democratic Party says the censure is to “encourage” her to move more left.
Dan O’Neal, the state coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America, told The Arizona Republic the censure is intended to encourage Sinema to move back toward the left, where her political career began.
“Here’s the thing: We really support Kyrsten Sinema, we want her to succeed, we want her to be the best senator in the country,” O’Neal said. “But the way she is voting is really disappointing. We want Democrats to vote like Democrats and not Republicans.”
But will she do it?
Sinema didn’t comment on the vote, but in the past has said she is focused on the needs of everyday Arizonians.
“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.”
According to the rules of the Senate, only nine senators have faced the disciplinary action.