The Arizona Democratic Party exploded Arizona State Senator Kirsten Sinema after he announced that he was leaving the party to register as an independent, but said his party affiliation was not the main reason for their disappointment.
In a statement released on Twitter, the state’s Democratic Party welcomed independent voters to its party, but claimed that “Cinema has left Arizonans behind and has been drastically reduced.”
“Senator Sinema may be registered as an independent, but he has shown that he answers to corporations and billionaires, not Arizonans. If he continues to not listen to his constituents, Senator Sinema’s party registration means nothing.”
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The statement also alleges that Sinema has left Arizonans behind in terms of voting rights and protections for large corporations. The party also expressed appreciation for some of Sinema’s work with the Democratic Party.
“With several historic pieces of legislation and Senator Sinema’s support, Democrats have made great strides in delivering this for Arizonans,” the statement said.
In an op-ed for The Arizona Republic, Sinema explained the reason for the party switch.
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“Americans are told that we have only two choices—Democrat or Republican—and that we must subscribe wholesale to the political views held by the parties, views that tend toward extremes,” Sinema writes.
“Many Arizonans believe this is the wrong choice, and when I ran for the US House and Senate, I promised Arizonans otherwise,” Sinema continued. “I promise to be independent and work with anyone to achieve lasting results. I promise not to bully people I disagree with, engage in name-calling, or get distracted by political drama.”
Sinema is up for re-election in 2024, but has not officially announced whether he will run.
Fox News’ Timothy HJ Nerozzi and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.