So much for bipartisanship — AZ senator faces backlash for backing Trump agenda

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The Arizona Democratic Party is planning to hold a vote this week on whether or not to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Their concern?

Sinema, 43, is too accommodating of President Donald Trump’s agenda when voting in the upper chamber.

Never mind that, according to data from the FiveThirtyEight Trump Tracker — yes, it does exist — Sinema has opposed Trump 81 percent of the time since taking office in January, the Arizona Republic reported.

But that’s not rabid enough for the intolerant left and their merry band of Resistance members.

(Sinema served three terms in the House, and FiveThirtyEight had her backing the president’s agenda 54 percent of the time — never mind that only one term was with Trump in the White House.)

The irony here being that when running for the Senate, Republicans billed Sinema as more of a radical leftist. Yet, on occasion, she has exhibited reasonableness in office.

The progressive wing of the state party is frustrated with Sinema and is demanding that she “support the tenets of the 2016 Democratic party platform,” ABC 15 reported.

They are looking to formally censure the senator at the state committee meeting this weekend.

Dan O’Neal, a leader in the Progressive Caucus, spoke to ABC15 about the resolution, which it has signed onto.

“The Progressive Caucus is very concerned with Kyrsten Sinema’s voting record. We love her, as we love all Democrats, but we want her to vote like a Democrat rather than supporting Trump half the time,” O’Neal said.

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Among the votes cited in the censure resolution are Sinema’s vote to confirm Trump’s Cabinet appointees, including Attorney General William P. Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

Her failure to support “net neutrality” legislation was also cited, as Sinema refused to cosponsor the “Save the Internet Act.”

But Sinema’s biggest sin in the eyes of progressives may be opposing the impeachment of Trump after the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.

Not only do the progressive Democrats want to censure Sinema, but they also want to get the Democratic National Committee on board by making them aware of the vote.

Citing recent polling, ABC15 reported that Sinema’s favorability within her own party is at 85 percent, and stands at 54 percent with all likely voting Arizonans.

Those numbers aren’t too shabby, given the public’s view of most politicians.

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As for the resolution’s chances of passing, Arizona Democratic Party’s chairwoman Felecia Rotellini was uncertain.

The language is reportedly still being finalized, but she assured the Republic that the censure will be heard.

“We are a very diverse group and that means diversity of thought, as well,” Rotellini said. “I don’t think it reflects poorly on the party at all, I don’t think it’s an indication of a fracture. I think it’s an indication of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same topic.”

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