Sinema, weighing re-election bid, rules out joining the Republican Party

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Tom Williams

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., said Sunday she has no plans to switch to the Republican Party as she weighs a re-election bid in 2024.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sinema, who left the Democratic Party last year and officially registered as an independent, said she is “absolutely” done with party affiliation.

Asked by host Margaret Brennan whether she will ever become a Republican, Sinema said both sides of the aisle were "broken" parties, adding: “You don’t go from one broken party to another.”

Sinema registered as an independent just days after Democrats reached a 51-49 majority in Senate — following Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in Georgia in a runoff — widening their narrowest of majorities.

Although she has not announced whether she will run again next year, Sinema's campaign has raised over $2.1 million in the first quarter of the year, over half of it from donors who gave at least $3,300. More than 30% came from employees of just five major companies, including hedge funds, investment groups and private equity firms.

Sinema has come under fire for her ties to Wall Street and the wealthy from congressional Democrats, including Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who last year announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination to her Senate seat.

During her time as a Democratic senator, Sinema found herself repeatedly at odds with her colleagues, including rejecting a filibuster rule change last year that could have helped pass a major voting rights bill — one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities.

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