Sinema faces Democratic Party backlash after blocking voting rights legislation

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is hemorrhaging support from Democrats in her home state after blocking the advancement of voting rights legislation.

1/22/2022 6:39:00 AM

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is facing new heat from those who helped elect her after she and Sen. Joe Manchin this week were the only two Democrats to vote against filibuster reform, effectively derailing passage of voting rights legislation.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is hemorrhaging support from Democrats in her home state after blocking the advancement of voting rights legislation.

Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesArizona Democrats organized heavily to elect Sinema to the Senate -- she previously served in the U.S. House -- helping give her a narrow victory. They lobbied Sinema for months to change her stance on the filibuster, but many were unable to get a meeting with the senator.

Pool/Getty ImagesMORE: Senate fails to change filibuster rule for passage of voting rights legislationActivists and voters at home point to these Republican-led efforts as a backdrop for Sinema's refusal to budge.Sinema lost a major endorsement this week from Emily's List, a large political organization that bankrolls campaigns they endorse, including those who support abortion rights.

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Shes a FAKE DEMOCRAT... SOOOO yes... See her & Manchin... Out of the Dem. party. She needs to be fired. How does a recall referendum get started? Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is facing new heat. Our political parties have lost respect for individual thought and collaboration. How many people realize that tax payor funded campaign contributions are built into this bill? Don't let it fool you, voter reform is the front. Hundreds of millions.... Out of our pockets into the wealthy politicians.

They both are under the influence of trump About time. Maybe because it's not reform....if you won the most votes in history, why would you want to change the laws? Let that sink in..... As she should!! Kyrsten Sinema will do just fine in Az! Stay strong Kyrsten, you and Manchin are the voice of reason in the Democrat party!

Congress people are often out of touch with their constituents She needs to go she is destroying our voting rights

There’s Still a Way for Kyrsten Sinema to Salvage Voting RightsI worked with Kyrsten Sinema on marriage equality. She can still do the right thing on voting rights.

Just like John McCain, she’s a “Maverick” She was never a Democrat, more like a Republican running as a Democrat to get elected She does have nice boobs though…. Much of the vocal 'heat' by extremist 'progressives' gets lost on voters who know better. I hope she looses her seat. Good. I look forward to seeing her ousted.... 🤷Treats her job like something out of the Hunger Games. 🙅

They did the right thing, now what about the border? seanhannity Rep.Kyrsten Simema Is a true American hero who knew. She save our democracy and you know it's not going to be easy cause the courrpt swamp runs deep. Look what they have done to president Trump. Were lucky he is a fighter. The courrpt swamp doesn't give up.

I pray she loses her job come 2024 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Opinion | Democrats blame Sinema and Manchin for voting rights failure, but Biden's the one at faultOpinion | The president had a chance to pass his agenda when his approval rating was at its highest. Without the public's support, it's hard for him to convince members of Congress to fall in line. - NBCNewsTHINK THINK He got the infrastructure bill passed. He had COVID-19 relief passed and it helped businesses and millions of Americans. Manchin and Sinema are the obstacles who are preventing big things to happen. THINK He is to blame not those 2- they are doing the right thing THINK I have an opinion too. I think NBC opinion articles are biased horsecrap against the President, Vice President, and the legitimate choice of the Country's voters.

She just needs to go. Someone must have unplugged the fake news TV in the break room. VotingRightsActNow More fire for the. They are killing the entire agenda, and there are more like them. We need to talk them to the republican side because that's what they are They should be given medals for standing up for what’s right…

Dow tit.. As well she should. Ironic, kyrstensinema actions will hurt herself. Blocking the voting rights of the black and brown people who put her in office. I’m sorry, but everyone has the ability to vote. This is crazy, WHY is this an issue? Can ya please focus on the big issues folks. What the hell happened to the environment, social justice, collage tuition, or I don’t know… stop telling Russia “it’s cool to have a peak”.

Liberals will tar feather and cancel even their own if they won't toe the line. endjustifiesthemeans

Pelosi says no 'upside' to infighting as Dem colleagues rip Manchin, Sinema on filibusterThe two moderate Senate Democrats joined Republicans in striking down an attempt to change the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.

Good I hope who goes up against her wins I donated to your campaign SenatorSinema and now will spend even more on your next election against you. You had your chance to do the right thing. The filibuster needs to go. The US needs voting rights now more than ever to save what’s left of our democracy! 🇺🇸

Who exactly can't vote? I never actually see anyone answer this. BTW 80% of people are for voter id. Overwhelming bipartisan support. (filibuster) to try to delay action in Congress or another law-making group by making very long speeches Opponents of the bill tried to filibuster its final stages Good News....

Imagine her in 1861 - 'I believe slavery is wrong and should be outlawed but I can't do anything about it because my southern colleagues don't seem to agree.' Probably worried about her LULU stocks. It will never be enough. Ds are criminals As they should.

Amid 'Slow-Motion Coup,' Manchin and Sinema Help GOP Sink Voting Rights'Ignore whatever spin comes from their press releases and media appearances in the aftermath of this debacle—history will not be kind to these enablers of racism and authoritarianism,' said ezralevin of IndivisibleTeam.

This woman is not being straight with anyone. Democrats eating their own. Midterms are going to be a disaster. Everyone over the age of 18 can vote, unless they are a felon is some states. There is no need for a voting rights bill with fed oversight.

Bernie Sanders Blasts Manchin, Sinema For 'Undermining' Joe Biden“They have forced us to have five months of discussions that have gone absolutely nowhere,' the Vermont senator complained. You have four years of discus ahead of you, which will lead nowhere. But who actually thought they would something different?

Sanders Says He’s Open to Supporting Primary Challengers to Manchin and SinemaBernie Sanders has said that he would be open to supporting candidates levying a primary challenge to conservative Democrats Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

1:46 Democratic senator pushes back on Biden’s plea to change rules President Joe Biden was due to arrive on Capitol Hill to plead to Democrats to change the Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation, but Sen. Krysten Sinema said she’s not on board. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is facing new heat from those who helped elect her after she and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia this week were the only two Democrats to vote against filibuster reform, effectively derailing passage of voting rights legislation. The slim Democratic majority in the Senate meant filibuster reform was seen as crucial for passing the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act -- a top priority for Democrats and President Joe Biden. Arizona Democrats organized heavily to elect Sinema to the Senate -- she previously served in the U.S. House -- helping give her a narrow victory. They lobbied Sinema for months to change her stance on the filibuster, but many were unable to get a meeting with the senator. (MORE: Sinema, Manchin reject Biden push to change filibuster for voting rights With her refusal to change the filibuster rule -- siding with Republicans -- and voting rights dead for now in the Senate, Democrats in Arizona are fundraising to support Sinema's primary challenger in 2024. Influential Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said this week that he'd support a challenge to Sinema. Pool/Getty Images President Joe Biden speaks to reporters in the Hall of Columns following a ceremony on the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, on Jan. 6, 2022 in Washington, D.C. One year ago, supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for Joe Biden. Over the summer, the Arizona Democratic Party promised to give Sinema a vote of"no confidence" if she didn't change her stance to clear the way voting reform. The state executive committee meets on Saturday to discuss a possible"no confidence" vote. MORE: Senate fails to change filibuster rule for passage of voting rights legislation "This should not be a partisan issue -- the duty to protect our most fundamental right to vote is one that we all share," Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Raquel Teran said in a statement."We were counting on Sen. Sinema to fight for Arizona, find a path forward, and protect our democracy, but on this issue she has fallen short. Right now, Arizona is ground-zero for the modern-day fight for voting rights, and we don't have any time to waste." The Grand Canyon state is a hotspot for Republican-led changes on voting. After the 2020 election, the state Senate ordered a partisan review of millions of the state's ballots, which unfolded while the Republican-controlled state legislature expressed focus on restrictive voting bills. Republicans all but eliminated the state's permanent early voting list, making it so ballots are no longer automatically sent to voters who haven't used the system. The bills were a cornerstone of GOP lawmaking in 2021, and the 2022 session continues to focus on election reform. Activists and voters at home point to these Republican-led efforts as a backdrop for Sinema's refusal to budge. Carlos Barria/Reuters Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., his daughter Yolanda Renee King, and wife Arndrea Waters King hold a banner during a demonstration to press for voting rights in Phoenix, Jan. 15, 2022. Sinema lost a major endorsement this week from Emily's List, a large political organization that bankrolls campaigns they endorse, including those who support abortion rights. A coalition of groups -- made up of Democrats in the state -- wrote to the group asking for it to act on the issue. Before the vote, Emily's List announced it would not endorse Sinema again if she didn't change her position. "If Sen. Sinema can not support a path forward for the passage of this legislation, we believe she undermines the foundations of our democracy, her own path to victory and also the mission of EMILY's List, and we will be unable to endorse her moving forward," Emily's List President Laphonza Butler said in a statement. Those same activists have written to other big political donor groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, which focuses on LGBTQ+ issues. Groups looking to fund a primary challenger have raised at least $455,000. Two groups have yet to single out a candidate, but other Democrats are lobbying Rep. Ruben Gallego to challenge Sinema. One political action committee, dubbed"Run Ruben Run," will funnel money in his direction should he choose to enter the race. MORE: Democrats' infighting worsens at Biden's 1-year mark: The Note Gallego hasn't ruled out a run at Sinema's seat, and he tweeted a veiled warning after the failed Senate votes this week. "I'm disappointed by the failure of the Senate to move the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. But I'm not giving up & neither should you. Let's work hard to elect good Democrats who support voting rights and defeat the ones who don't — in 22 and beyond," Gallego tweeted. The congressman also told CNN that his phone has been ringing with requests for him to jump in against Sinema, saying there is "a whole lot of frustration over a lot of things that have occurred in the past with Sen. Sinema, and this has kind of been the breaking point." Democrats vow the fight to solidify voting rights in the country is not over, but that fight will now continue for some with a focus on replacing Sinema. "Millions of Democrats and pro-democracy independents are furious with Sinema," one fundraising group wrote in a post after Wednesday's vote."Give them a chance to do something with that anger that can help turn the tide. This fight is not over. But together we will ensure that Kyrsten Sinema's career in elected office ended tonight."