Sinema of Arizona Says She Won’t Seek Reelection

( – Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced that she will not seek re-election for a second term in Congress, lacking a clear path forward after distancing herself from the Democratic Party in 2022.

Sinema announced on Tuesday, March 5, that she will not run again for the Senate, and part of the reason for her decision is that she is now politically homeless after leaving her former party, leaving her with an unclear political path going forward.

Her announcement comes barely a month after the bipartisan funding bill for border security and foreign aid was shot down by House Republicans, a bill she spent several months negotiating. The bill, which Sinema hopes would be a crowning achievement of her political career, fell apart after Senate GOP members were dissatisfied with the border security provisions and proposed immigration law reforms. As an independent, it was also Sinema’s last effort to try and broker cross-party negotiations at a time when the country is particularly divided and polarized.

On Monday, March 4, Sinema blasted both parties, especially Republicans, and told them to “cut the politics” and “secure the border.” She reminded her followers that under her bipartisan proposal, “the border would’ve been shut” every day of the year, so far, and counting.

Sinema left the Democratic Party in December 2022 and declared herself an independent, stating that, like many others in her state of Arizona, she will “never fit perfectly in either national party.” One of the senator’s motivations for distancing herself from the Democrats is the ongoing border and immigration crisis, which has impacted her home state more than most, with Tucson becoming one of the most active sectors of illegal crossings. The Biden administration and the rest of her party’s lack of effort on that front effectively pushed Sinema out.

At the end of last year, Tucson came in at the top of the list for the busiest sector for illegal border crossings, with over 80,000 arrests in December.

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