Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) berated Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) on Friday for her decision to leave the Democratic Party, arguing that Arizona voters “deserve more.”
“Not once in this long monologue does Sinema offer a single concrete value or policy that she believes in. It sets no goals for Arizonans, no vision, no commitments.” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet in response to Sinema’s Twitter announcement that she would register as an independent.
“It’s ‘no health care just vibes’ for the Senate,” the progressive lawmaker added.
“People earn more. I’m grateful this race and nomination opened up,” concluded Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet.
Centrist Sinema has been a member of the Democratic Group since entering the Senate in 2019. During her tenure, she helped scupper several laws supported by the party’s rank and file, including the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” project, according to the bill.
“Nothing will change in my values or my behavior,” Sinema insisted in an interview with Politico.
The Arizona Democratic Party tore up Sinema on Friday, accusing her of “leaving Arizonans behind.”
“Senator Sinema may now be registered as an independent, but she has shown that she answers to corporations and billionaires, not Arizonans. Senator Sinema’s party registration means nothing if she continues to ignore her constituents,” the state party said in a statement.
Progressive Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), a possible future Senate challenger for Sinema, chastised her for “once again putting her own interests ahead of getting things done for Arizonans.”
Ocasio-Cortez has publicly lashed out at Sinema in the past, telling MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan in January that she saw no “compelling reason” why Sinema should be re-nominated for the Senate.
“I don’t think she made any really convincing arguments as to why she should be re-nominated as the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in Arizona,” the New York representative said at the time.
“It has proven to be an obstacle to voting rights in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “She is not an ally for civil rights. It becomes an abyss and rather adds to the threat we face in stabilizing our democracy. She is not opposed to corporate interests, rather she is a deep ally to them. And I don’t think she’s doing what Arizona voters sent her to do.”
Last year, Ocasio-Cortez also criticized Sinema’s support for keeping the Senate’s filibuster rules, arguing that passing legislation by a simple majority works “well” in several countries.
“Political systems across the country, I mean across the world, pass laws by majorities, and they’re fine, and frankly, here’s the thing, democratic laws, once they’re passed, are popular,” the New said York Democrat on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” in June 2021.
“Our job is to make laws. Our job is to help people. Our task is to do as much as possible. And even if that were the case, wouldn’t it be better to give people health care and voting rights for three years instead of zero years,” she added.
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