‘A Badge Of Honor’: Arizona Democrats Censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for Blocking Voting Rights Bill


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Arizona’s Democrat Party on Saturday formally censured Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for blocking the party’s voting-rights legislation.

The move left the question of whether the party will support her if she runs again in 2024, 12 News reported.

The party’s Executive Board approved the censure prior to its annual convention being held Saturday.

Party chairwoman state Sen. Raquel Teran of west Phoenix, wrote in a statement, “As a party, our job is to support our Democratic candidates, and we appreciate Senator Sinema’s leadership in passing the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”:

However, we are also here to advocate for our constituents and the ramifications of failing to pass federal legislation that protects their right to vote are too large and far-reaching. While we take no pleasure in this announcement, the ADP Executive Board has decided to formally censure Senator Sinema as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy.

The move was based on a resolution in the fall, placing Sinema on notice, the 12 News article read, adding:

The resolution warned that if she didn’t vote to reform the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule to help pass Democrats’ voting-rights legislation, the party’s executive board would have the power to issue a vote of no confidence or issue a formal censure.

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