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Did Sen.-Elect Kyrsten Sinema Break a Campaign Promise By Supporting Schumer?

The new Arizona senator reportedly did not object to the Democratic caucus making Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) the caucus leader for two more years, even though she opposed Schumer on the campaign trail.

By NTK Staff | 11.15.2018 @10:00am
Did Sen.-Elect Kyrsten Sinema Break a Campaign Promise By Supporting Schumer?

Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has not yet taken the oath of office for her six-year term as U.S. senator, and yet Republicans are already accusing her of breaking a campaign promise.

According to Politico‘s Burgess Everett, neither Sinema nor any other Democratic senator or senator-elect opposed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) re-election to another term as Senate Democratic leader.

“Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were re-elected by voice vote to lead their respective parties, according to sources familiar with the decisions. … No one opposed Schumer vocally, including Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema if Arizona, who had said she would not support Schumer during the campaign, according to two senators.[“]

However, Sinema ran her campaign in part on opposing Schumer’s continued leadership of Senate Democrats.

In July 2018, Sinema told Politico, “I am not going to vote for [Schumer].”

“I am not going to vote for him,” she said matter of factly when pressed on her view of the Democratic leader.

Sinema’s stance, revealed for the first time in a recent interview with POLITICO, is more radical than any member of the Democratic caucus, even vulnerable senators facing reelection deep in Trump country. But Sinema is staking her surprisingly strong campaign for Arizona’s open Senate seat on her close relationships with Republicans, praise for moderate Democrats and a distaste for the Democratic leader.

Sinema’s rather tepid reply to charges she broke a campaign promise by not opposing Schumer on Wednesday? She would have “considered new leadership” if someone had run against Schumer.

“Arizonans know I will work with anyone — in either party — to get things done for our state,” Sinema said in a statement. “It’s time for a new approach on both sides of the aisle and I look forward to working with my colleagues to cut through the dysfunction and deliver results for Arizona. Had there been a challenger for Minority Leader, I would have considered new leadership and a fresh perspective. I will continue to put Arizona over party.”

Republicans itching to challenge Sinema a long time from now, in 2024, are likely bookmarking Sinema’s first major decision as a potential attack against her. Meanwhile, Arizona will continue to have Senate drama, given Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the temporary replacement for the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), is expected to leave the post soon. Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) will have to appoint another replacement if and when Kyl leaves.

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