Well, that was fast.
United States Senator-elect from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema, has barely held her new position long but has already reneged on a promise made on the campaign trail.
The Democrat, who won a narrow victory over Rep. Martha McSally to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, said she would not oppose Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s continued leadership, despite her assurance when she was running that she would vote against him, according to Politico.
“Had there been a challenger for minority leader, I would have considered new leadership and a fresh perspective,” she said in a statement. “I will continue to put Arizona over party.”
But the former environmental and peace activist, who is Arizona’s first female senator, the country’s first openly bisexual senator and the first Democrat to be elected to the U.S. Senate from the state in three decades, had a different view during the campaign.
“I won’t support him,” Sinema flatly told Politico in July, referring to Schumer.
Notice the lack of caveat, condition, or wiggle room: “I am not going to vote for him,” she said matter of factly when pressed on her view of the Democratic leader.
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 14, 2018
The New York Democrat was unanimously re-elected as Senate minority leader on Wednesday.
Women of the West. Two new great women Democratic senators from the western part of the United States, Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona and Jacky Rosen from Nevada. So proud we’ll be working with them in January. pic.twitter.com/jx3heTQFde
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 13, 2018
Sinema defended her decision in a statement to Politico:
“Arizonans know I will work with anyone — in either party — to get things done for our state,” she said. “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.”
Republicans and others denounced the move by the senator-elect who ran in the traditionally red state of Arizona as a moderate Democrat.
In an op-ed for Arizona Republic, columnist Laurie Roberts slammed the “great start” from Sinema who touted the late Sen. John McCain in her victory speech.
Kyrsten Sinema reneges on her pledge to spurn Chuck Schumer
First day out of the chute she breaks one of her campaign promises.
— Jill ?? (@ItsJustJill) November 15, 2018
“(He) stood for everything we stand for as Arizonans: fighting for what you believe in, standing up for what’s right even if you stand alone,” Sinema said.
According to Roberts:
McCain was the maverick who wasn’t afraid to buck his party.
Sinema is the self-proclaimed independent who wasn’t afraid to dump on her party.
Of course, that was then, when she was running to snag those all-important votes from center and center-right voters.
And this, apparently, is now, when she’s … not.
Roberts noted how Democrats are defending Sinema’s choice and have accused the columnist of “being petty.”
“Or maybe I’m just suggesting that if you repeatedly say on the campaign trail that you’re going to do something – like, say, not vote for Schumer to be minority leader – then you ought to keep your promise – like, say, by standing up and objecting to his being elected by acclamation,” Roberts wrote.
O N E D A Y O N T H E J O B https://t.co/3VobSZrS9x
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 14, 2018
The congresswoman has raised a few eyebrows since her win over McSally.
Sinema acknowledged Wednesday that she would work with Republicans on “everything.”
“I’ll work with anyone on anything,” she responded to a question from the Daily Caller News Foundation about whether she was willing to work with the GOP on the border wall and other issues.
Republican candidate McSally trailed Sinema by more than 38,000 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast, according to Fox News. The vote count in Arizona continued for six more days beyond Election Day and led to a GOP lawsuit against Maricopa County, where many of the roughly 650,000 votes not tallied were from, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The GOP lawsuit questioned Maricopa County’s decision to open ’emergency voting’ centers, the location of those centers in allegedly “bluer” locations and ballot counting procedures, among other issues.
[email protected] and @CAGOP need to move to do something similar w/ LA County, Riverside, San Diego, & others in Nor Cal where there are clear AND defined issues. Midterms: LA county had 120,000 Moter Voter glitches dropping voters from rolls? Why not every county @POTUS #TeamErinCruz pic.twitter.com/pv3J7DeWFW
— ERIN CRUZ for US SENATE 2022 (@RealErinCruz) November 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Sinema has come under fire for breaking her campaign promise just days after her victory.
Sinema isn’t the moderate she claimed to be? Well, I’ll be damned. https://t.co/vCJtNBuP8s
— jon gabriel (@exjon) November 14, 2018
On the campaign trail, Sinema said she wouldn’t support Chuck Schumer as party leader in the Senate. Today, she reversed herself. Arizona voters, you’re such a bunch of gullible suckers. https://t.co/BGCzNGRXxp
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 14, 2018
“I will not support Schumer for minority leader.” – Sinema, during campaign
“See? She’s not a rabid liberal! She’s awesome. She won’t support that crook!” – Stupid voters
“LOL Just kidding. I’m supporting Schumer!” – Sinema, after winning.
“Smart move!’ – Stupid voters.
— RBe (@RBPundit) November 15, 2018
If Arizona ACTUALLY voted her in and I really question that, they get what they get! She said a lot of crazy things and still they voted her in! These are NOT new colors she is showing.
— Kelly T (@ktellmemore) November 15, 2018
A true politician!!!
She’s already lying and the ink isn’t even dry ???
— fireman36 (@nethery_dennis) November 15, 2018
She is a #liar, plain and simple. I can’t believe she won!
— MASx2 (@rhuCEO) November 15, 2018
Why is anyone surprised?
— Clay Hall (@timclayton010) November 15, 2018
Not sure she told the truth about anything over the last year.
— Gail Haase (@Mama_Haase) November 15, 2018
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