Despite efforts to sway moderate Democrats over to the right it seems Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Rumors have been circulating that moderate Dems like Sinema and Manchin are considering switching parties over repeated disagreements with Democrats, however, it seems neither is planning to make an official change anytime soon.
Sen. Sinema directly responded to rumors she could be leaving the Democrat Party during a Politico interview.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“No. Why would I do that?” Sinema said, in a deadpan manner.
With the Senate divided 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote giving Democrats the majority, Sinema is a linchpin in virtually any effort to enact President Joe Biden’s agenda. Sinema and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have put the breaks on huge spending ambitions by their party’s more liberal members, shaving trillions off of the president’s Build Back Better proposal.
Instead, Sinema said, both Republicans and Democrats should embrace diversity of opinion among their members.
“I’ve been concerned at the push that happens in both parties, this push to have no disagreements. To only have unity or to only speak with one voice. And some will say, ‘Oh, that is our strength,’” Sinema said. “Having some disagreement is normal. It is real, it is human. And it’s an opportunity for us as mature beings to work through it.”
Sinema circled back to questions regarding her friendship with Sen. McConnell saying, “has a dry sense of humor. It’s underrated.”
While its disappointing the Republican Party can’t expect any big announcement from the Democrat Senator anytime soon its not entirely unexpected.