Sen. Krysten Sinema announced she will leave the Democratic party and become an independent. But she promised that her decision will not affect or change her work in the Senate.
Since 2018, Sinema has been including independence in her platform because it fits her political ideology more, Causes.com reported.
Sinema intends to continue to caucus with Democrats and keep her committee assignments.
According to a survey by Impact Research and Fabrizio Ward, Sinema’s rating level is at 37 percent, which experts believe she needs to appeal to many different voters if she wants to be re-elected.
“…the voters of Arizona made their voices heard loud and clear — they want leaders who put the people of Arizona first…Unfortunately, Senator Sinema is once again putting her own interests ahead of getting things done for Arizonans,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders called Sinema a “corporate Democrat” and said she was “sabotaging enormously important legislation for her personal goals,” Causes.com reported.
“I think it really has to do with her political aspirations for the future in Arizona, but for us, I think nothing much has changed in terms of the functioning of the U.S. Senate,” Sanders said.
Some members of Congress are confident that her switch will not impact the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“I think whether she’s a Democrat or a Republican…The label doesn’t matter,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said