SENATOR Kyrsten Sinema has made headlines after announcing she is leaving Democrats and sitting as an independent lawmaker.
The Arizona politician’s bombshell decision comes just weeks after Tulsi Gabbard, a former Army Reserve officer and Hawaii Congresswoman, left the party.
Sinema, who was elected in 2018 when she defeated the GOP’s Martha McSally, wrote a lengthy article for the Arizona Republic claiming there is a “disconnection” between what the people want from their politicians and what the voters want is offered.
She said: “Everyday Americans are increasingly being thrown off the rigid partisanship of national parties, which has hardened in recent years.
“In serving the fringes, neither party has shown much tolerance for diversity of thought.”
Sinema claimed that many people in the state think the two-party Republican-Democratic election is “wrong.”
She vowed she “would not bow to party pressure” and “delivered results” for Arizona residents.
Though she left the Democrats, Sinema said her decision would not affect her Senate duties.
She said: “If I come to work every day, it will be the same.
“I will still come to work and hopefully serve on the same committees that I served and continue to work well with my colleagues in both political parties.”
Sinema indicated that her decision will not affect how she votes, adding “there will be no change in my values or my behavior.”
It is not yet known what effects Sinema’s decision will have on the Senate proceedings.
But it could strengthen the hand of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Manchin is a more conservative Democrat and has criticized Biden’s welfare spending bill.
The pair clashed just days before midterms after the president said coal-fired power plants should be shut down in favor of wind and solar.
“DO THE RIGHT THING”
Manchin has always been seen as a key vote for the president given the 50-50 Senate.
Sinema said she wasn’t concerned about any criticism this might throw at her.
She added: “I am concerned about continuing to do what is right for my state.
“And there are people who certainly don’t like my approach, we hear about it a lot. But the proof is in the pudding.”
Sinema made headlines last year after protesters disrupted her classes at Arizona State University.
She said at the time: “My students were unjustly and unlawfully harassed” and branded the protest “illegitimate”.
Some protesters followed her down the hall and into the bathroom, where she hid in a stall.
In footage that went viral, one activist said: “We’ve been knocking on doors for you to be elected.
“The way we elected you, if you don’t support what you promised us, we can remove you from office.”
Activists protested an immigration provision in Biden’s Build Back Better plan.
Sinema’s departure from the Democrats comes just months after Tulsi Gabbard left the party.
She claimed the party was “under the complete control of an elite cabal.”
Gabbard hurled a series of accusations against the party elite, claiming that the world was being dragged into a nuclear conflict.
She accused the Democrats of turning democracy into a “banana republic”.
Gabbard was one of the notable speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
She told fans she “felt right at home” as she began her 20-minute speech.
Gabbard told Fox News that she supported Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker ahead of his fight with lawmaker Raphael Warnock.
The close race went to a runoff as no candidate garnered 50 percent of the vote in the 2022 midterm elections.
Warnock defeated Walker in the second poll by more than 96,000 votes.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6878158/kyrsten-sinema-quit-democrat-party-career/ Insight into Kyrsten Sinema’s controversial career as an Arizona Senator who quits the Democratic Party weeks after Tulsi Gabbard