Senator Tells Why She Stopped Attending Democratic Meetings

Senator Tells Why She Stopped Attending Democratic Meetings

( – Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) first started serving as a lawmaker in 2004 as a state representative. The then-Democratic legislator served in that position for six years before becoming a state senator. After two years, she moved to the US House of Representatives before landing her current position as Arizona Senator. In January, the lawmaker made headlines when she decided to switch her party affiliation, leaving the Democratic party in favor of becoming an Independent.

On March 23, Politico reported that Sinema trashed her colleagues on the Democratic side, telling a group of Republican lobbyists this year that she stopped attending caucus meetings because they were “ridiculous.” She reportedly said the lunches were full of just a bunch of “old dudes…eating Jell-O,” bragging about “how great they are.” Sinema said she simply didn’t have time for that. The lawmaker then apparently went into detail about the difference between what people in different parts of the country put on their gelatin.

Sinema said she would rather spend her time being “productive,” stating that working hard is how she’s been able to take the lead on “every bipartisan vote” over the last couple of years.

But the Arizona lawmaker’s jabs weren’t solely pointed at the Democrats. She also slung mud at Republicans. According to Fox News, Sinema said the outbursts from the Right during President Joe Biden’s recent State of the Union address were “disturbing and sad.” The legislator wondered if they were going to start tossing “hotdogs and popcorn at each other.”

Throughout the 117th Congress, it seemed that Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) often stood in the way of the Democratic party on many issues. However, the Associated Press reported in the summer of 2021 that the voting records of the two legislators showed both Sinema’s and Manchin’s votes aligned with Biden 100%. As of January 2023, Manchin is down to 88%, but Sinema is still aligned at 100%.

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