Arizona Democratic leader says Senator Sinema ‘turned her back’ on voters


  • Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday that she will be quitting the Democratic Party.
  • An Arizona Democratic official said Sinema “turned her back” on the people who voted for her.
  • Sinema said she is now registered as a freelancer.

An Arizona Democratic Party official says voters in the state feel Senator Kyrsten Sinema ‘turned her back’ on the people who voted for her after announcing she would no longer be a member of the Democratic Party.

Michael Slugocki, Vice Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, said Sinema “no longer has a constituency group in Arizona” after his announcement on NBC. Meet the press Friday.

“They feel like she’s totally turned her back on the people who brought her to power,” Slugocki said on Meet the Press. “She may have some support from independents, but she doesn’t have a base. She doesn’t have a coalition. She just has this self-interest in keeping her personal power in her Senate seat.”

Sinema announced on Friday that she would quit the Democratic Party and register as an independent. Sinema wrote that going independent “will not change my job in the Senate; my service at Arizona remains the same.”

In a series of tweetSinema said she “joins the growing number of Arizonans who reject party politics.”

Slugocki acknowledged on “Meet the Press” that independents make up “one-third” of the electorate in Arizona, but he said Sinema was still “very unpopular” among independents.

“She doesn’t have a good rating among anybody,” Slugocki said.

An AARP poll taken in September showed Sinema had a 37% approval rating among Arizona Democrats. 36% among Arizona Republicans and 41% among Independents.



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