January 21, 2023

Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego plans to launch a challenge on Monday against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Kirsten misrepresented herself when running for office. Sinema switched from Democrat to independent in December, but she would be a better fit with the Republican party.

Via CBS News:

Gallego, an outspoken liberal Democrat, has long been critical of Sinema, who dropped her party identification as a Democrat to be an independent just after the party won the Senate last year. The Arizona senator still aligns herself with the Senate Democratic caucus, though.

Sinema said at the time that she changed her party affiliation because she "never fit neatly into any party box," but the label switch prompted an immediate backlash from many Democrats, including Gallego.

Democratic sources close to Gallego say the Marine veteran plans to launch his Senate campaign with a video in both Spanish and English on Monday and then launch a national media tour to promote his announcement.

In December, Gallego told CBS that some Democratic senators privately urged him to run against Sinema.

"There have been some senators that have encouraged me to run," Gallego said. "There are some senators, some of Sen. Sinema's colleagues, that are encouraging me to run."

However, that would mean that Democrats would have another seat to defend in the House. But still, the thought of Sinema being fired by Gallego makes me smile. Failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has hinted that she might want to face off with Sinema, too. Stop laughing. She really said that.

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