Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is causing some severe upset for leftists as she seems to be paying attention to her Arizona constituency. Along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), she presents the Democratic $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation spending spree proposed by Joe Biden.
Sinema is enjoying a relatively popular position among Arizona voters, at least compared to the state’s other Democratic senator, Mark Kelly. As the first Arizona Democrat elected to the Senate in 30 years, she has an overall positive job rating inside the state, unlike Kelly.
Since Joe Biden assumed office, Kelly has been a dependable yes man for every legislative initiative put forward by the White House. He has been a ready supporter of the administration’s entire “Build Back Better” spending package, which includes the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill along with the massive reconciliation bill.
Kelly is up for re-election in 2022, and his approval rating among independents and Republican Arizona voters is lower than Sinema’s. She has a positive rating with independents and is not far below that with Republicans.
Arizona is a closely divided state politically, and the contested presidential election last year was won by Biden by around only 10,000 votes in the official count. Sinema appears to have settled on taking a moderate position on the budgetary bills to maintain her popularity among all voters.
As a result, the fallout with her fellow Democrats includes the party looking for primary contestants to challenge Sinema when she comes up for re-election in 2024. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) said last week that until Sinema “stops being cute,” Democrats will not be able to move the Biden agenda forward.
According to Sinema’s office, she has always told Arizona residents that she would be an independent voice for the state’s citizens, not for either political party, adding that she has “always been honest about where she stands.”