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Politics Kyrsten Sinema, Under Siege From Left, Faces Protests, Primary Challenge, SNL Scorn

03:05  04 october  2021
03:05  04 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Activists who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema launch CrowdPAC to fund a primary challenger

  Activists who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema launch CrowdPAC to fund a primary challenger Organizers say if Sinema doesn't vote to end filibuster and back Biden they'll “replace her with someone who will” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)speaking to members of the press as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol after a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Kyrsten Lea Sinema (/ˈkɪərstən ˈsɪnəmə/ KEER-stən SIN-ə-mə; born July 12, 1976) is an American politician, attorney, and social worker serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona since

Kyrsten Sinema is facing anger from supporters and the threat of a primary challenge back home over her moderate stances in DC. And while Sinema isn't up for reelection until 2024, NBC News reported on Thursday that two groups are launching efforts to fund a potential challenger to her in the Democratic primary to place pressure on her to support more progressive priorities. One of the efforts, the Primary Sinema PAC, is backed by the well-funded progressive group Way To Win and is working on building up the infrastructure to fund a possible primary challenger for Sinema down the line.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. With a federal government shutdown looming, Congressional Democrats are working to find common ground between their progressive and moderate members so to try and pass a handful of legislation, including bills on infrastructure, the White House's Build Back Better Act and the debt limit. © Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. With a federal government shutdown looming, Congressional Democrats are working to find common ground between their progressive and moderate members so to try and pass a handful of legislation, including bills on infrastructure, the White House's Build Back Better Act and the debt limit.

Kyrsten Sinema seems to have fewer friendly faces among her Democratic peers these days. The Arizona senator has taken flack from progressives, a primary challenger for her 2024 re-election bid is already in the works and she's getting lampooned on Saturday Night Live.

Draft Ruben Gallego Effort Launches As Progressives Seek to Oust Kyrsten Sinema

  Draft Ruben Gallego Effort Launches As Progressives Seek to Oust Kyrsten Sinema "Sinema is not going to be able to win her re-elect with her voting record as it is," said Chuck Rocha of Nuestro PAC. "So we need someone who can attract votes from all around the state, and that's a Latino combat veteran who showed his valor during the January 6 insurrection."Nuestro PAC, started by a veteran of Senator Bernie Sanders campaign in 2020, told Newsweek that it's "Run Ruben Run" effort already has $1 million in commitments, and was born out of months of frustration with Sinema among Democrats and Latinos in Arizona.

Unlike Manchin, Sinema , who rarely gives interviews, has not indicated publicly what parts of the .5tn bill she objected to. As an indicator of her importance to the process, she has become a regular visitor to the White House, getting more face time with the president and senior Democratic leadership than The state’s Democratic party passed a motion pledging a no-confidence vote if she votes against the bill, while some members are plotting a primary challenge . In Washington, the Hawaii senator Mazie Hirono encapsulated congressional Democrats’ frustration. “I and others are waiting for Kyrsten and

The far left ’s frustration with moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema ’s (D-AZ) unwillingness to go along with President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda took a turn for the ugly this weekend when several left -wing activists stalked and harassed the senator, going so far as to follow her into the restroom. In the video that has since gone viral, activists with LUCHA Arizona confronted Sinema outside her classroom where she teaches at Arizona State University (ASU), eventually following her into the restroom and continuously harassing her outside a bathroom stall.

Now she's got protesters showing up at her fundraising events, and she's not even halfway through her first term as a U.S. Senator—the first woman from her state to win that office.

Why is Sinema facing so much criticism from her own party? It's largely because she recently opposed the large spending amount of President Biden's proposed Build Back Better agenda. Progressive Democrats want more than just a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. They want an additional $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that they dub "human infrastructure."

A bill was set for a vote last Thursday, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delayed the vote until she knows Democrats will have enough votes for it to pass.

Sinema blasted progressive Democrats for delaying a vote, calling it an "ineffective stunt" while also calling the delay "inexcusable" and "deeply disappointing."

What Does Kyrsten Sinema Want?

  What Does Kyrsten Sinema Want? What Does Kyrsten Sinema Want?“At the time, all she knew about me was that I was an evil Republican,” May recalls. “She looked me up and down, turned on her little poodle skirt, and walked away. She wouldn’t even shake my hand.

WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema ’s refusal to back the Biden administration’s .5 trillion social and clean-energy spending package has made her a target for Democrats – and possibly “the most powerful person in Washington right now,” one analyst said. It’s not the first time that Sinema , a Democrat, has bucked her party on high-profile measures that need every Democratic vote to pass That has brought scorn from Democrats in Washington and Arizona, with the state party this month threatening to formally censure her if she “continues to delay, disrupt or votes to gut” party priorities.

Kyrsten Sinema campaigning on raising the min-wage then dramatically voting it down is what should get her challenged . She's fucking terrible. May as well have let McSally keep her seat. I think enough cannot be said about the fact that the Democratic Machine put its weight behind Sinema in the primary . It would be hilarious now to watch the Democratic agenda fail because they hitched their wagon to this ass-at-both-ends shit-horse, if our ability to battle wealth inequality and the climate crisis weren't fucked as a result.

Bernie Sanders, a progressive senator from Vermont, sniped back Sunday morning during an interview with ABC's This Week.

"I think Senator Sinema is wrong. I think from day one...it has been clear—president of the United States has said, Speaker of the House Pelosi has made it clear, Majority Leader in the Senate [Chuck] Schumer has made it clear—both of these bills are going forward in tandem," Sanders said.

Sinema was back in Arizona this weekend for a ritzy fundraiser at a Phoenix venue. There were protesters outside the Royal Palms Resort who demanded Sinema vote to approve the spending bills.

Last Tuesday afternoon, two days before the scheduled the infrastructure vote, Sinema was holding a high-priced fundraiser that costs her supporters anywhere from $1,000 to $5,800 to spend 45 minutes with her. The supporters were lobbyist groups who oppose multi-trillion dollar spending bills.

Video of Kyrsten Sinema Being Confronted in Bathroom by Activist Viewed 4M Times

  Video of Kyrsten Sinema Being Confronted in Bathroom by Activist Viewed 4M Times Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D) has sparked anger among progressive Democrats over her opposition to the Build Back Better Act.Shared on the Twitter account for community activist group Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), the clip showed youth activists following Sinema around Arizona State University on Sunday.

Inside the Left ’s Revenge Plot Against Kyrsten Sinema . “There have to be consequences and she has to know that”. The anger and frustration with Sinema is now coalescing into something more serious: A plan to primary her right out of Congress — or at least to make her spend the next few years worried about rising discontent from the party base. And now, with the fate of Biden’s .5 trillion Build Back Better Act still uncertain as negotiations grind on, the anger at Sinema is “boiling over,” says Tomas Robles, executive director of the grassroots group Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA).

Garrett Archer, a data analyst at ABC15, said that Sinema may have to face a “credible challenger ” in the 2024 primaries , something unusual for the typically outnumbered Democratic Party in Arizona. “That’s one of those weird things in this emerging Democratic Party in Arizona, it’s gotten much larger, it’s gotten even more diverse than it was when Kyrsten was first elected I will be out canvassing for her primary opponent.

Sinema has vocally opposed the spending bills, and it has prompted the formation of a political action committee (PAC) in Arizona to find a strong opponent to face her in the 2024 primary. The Primary Sinema PAC was formed last Thursday, and they hope to use a grass-roots campaign to not just find a good candidate, but also use money to support organizations that hold the senator "accountable."

Alex Gomez and Tomás Robles, who are co-executive directors of Living United for Change in Arizona, worked hard to get Sinema elected in 2018. They thought she was the right candidate to work for the state on issues like climate change and immigration. Last week, they issued a statement that blasted Sinema.

"It's clear that Sen. Sinema is not listening to the people of Arizona," they wrote. "Sinema has proven time and time again that she doesn't share these values, so it's time to organize and replace her with someone who does."

Sinema and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have opposed any multi-trillion dollar spending bills. The senate will need all 50 Democrats to pass any big spending bills, which makes Sinema and Manchin stick out among their colleagues. Republicans have said they will not for for the bill.

Sinema and Cheney Are America’s Best and Bravest Politicians

  Sinema and Cheney Are America’s Best and Bravest Politicians What does the conservative daughter of Darth Vader have in common with a “bisexual, wig-wearing triathlete” who was “was widely considered the manic pixie dream girl of Arizona progressive politics”? Plenty, if you admire people who stubbornly march to the beat of their own drum and fight the power like Liz Cheney and Krysten Sinema—two of the toughest (and bravest) members of Congress right now. They’re also driving people crazy. You can’t lobby or intimidate them because it’s impossible to push or mock someone with that level of confidence. Indifference is the ultimate form of power.Let’s start with Sinema.

Then there's Saturday Night Live, which took a left turn to make fun of a Democratic senator. The skit is somewhat Sarah Palin-like, which might hurt the senator in her re-election bid and in the eyes of Arizonans. For those who may or may not remember, SNL skits about Palin became popular in America, but unpopular for Palin, who was the vice presidential nominee in the 2008 election at the time.

SNL actress Cecily Strong played the role of Sinema during the opening skit Saturday night. It opened with an actor playing President Biden to talk about his "bad summer" and then talk about the spending bill. He then introduces "Sinema."

"What do I want from this bill," Strong asked while smirking and playing the role of Sinema. "I'll never tell. Cause I didn't come to Congress to make friends. And so far, mission accomplished."

The skit continued with actresses playing the roles of Manchin and progressive Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Biden's character tries leveling a compromise on a spending bill.

When Biden says "lowering the price of prescription drugs," Sinema's actress defiantly says, "no!"

When Biden says "raising taxes on billionaires," SInema's character holds a thumbs-down while giving a "thwwpppp."

"Just tell us Kyrsten, what do you like.? What is good for you?"

Audio Reveals Kyrsten Sinema Saying She Wants to Hear from Constituents. She Got Her Wish

  Audio Reveals Kyrsten Sinema Saying She Wants to Hear from Constituents. She Got Her Wish Listen to Senator Sinema tell lobbyists how important it is for constituents to weigh in "early and often." That was before the bathroom ambush.Months before Arizonans started filming Sen. Kyrsten Sinema repeatedly refusing to answer their questions about her political positions, she told restaurant lobbyists about how important it is for senators to hear what their constituents have to say and for lawmakers to share their positions on issues and their reasoning.

Strong gave a wide array of answers in her Sinema role.

"Yellow starbursts, the film 'Polar Express' and when someone eats fish on an airplane," Strong quipped.

The Ocasio-Cortez character asked if Democrats could agree on anything. Strong gave another strong comeback for her Sinema role.

"Look, as a wine-drinking, bi-sexual triathlete, I know what the average American wants," Strong said. "They want to be put on hold when they call 9-1-1. They want bridges that just stop and cars fall down. They want water so thick you can eat it with a fork.

"And I will fight for that no matter what. Unless my foot hurts, then I've got to go back to Arizona."

That skit ends with actors playing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, also from New York.

Sinema, who was made fun of the most in that skit, finds herself with more enemies than friends right now in her office. She's got the far left against her, she's got protesters in her state, a likely primary challenger and now a popular show using her actions at their expense—and profit.

Newsweek reached out to Kyrsten Sinema's office for comment.

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