Progressive Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) is poised to become the first notable Democrat to announce he is running for Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.)’s seat in 2024, according to multiple reports, setting out what could be a rare and highly competitive three-candidate race should Sinema decide to run again after leaving the Democratic Party.
Gallego is expected to make a formal announcement on Monday.
Sinema was elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 2018, but became an independent last month after she and Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) passed legislation.
Sinema painted himself as a centrist, but Gallego is a declared progressive who dubbed support for Medicare for All and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Sinema did not say whether he will seek re-election in 2024.
Gallego’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from forbes about your plans.
Sinema remains a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus and consistently votes with President Joe Biden, but her opposition to removing the filibuster and refusal to support a sweeping spending bill set her apart from most other Democrats during the election. first half of Biden’s term. She and Manchin effectively scrapped the Build Back Better spending package in late 2021 and early 2022, citing concerns about proposed multi-trillion dollar social spending making inflation even worse. Another top Democratic legislative priority died early last year, when Sinema and Manchin voted against removing the 60-vote threshold for breaking the filibuster in order to pass a national voting rights bill. The Arizona Democratic Party censured her early last year over the ruling. Sinema said her decision to leave the Democratic Party was a “natural extension” of her votes in office, claiming she was joining “the growing number of Arizonans who reject party politics.”
Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.) said Thursday that he will not run for the Senate seat.
No prominent Republicans have announced they are running for Arizona’s 2024 seat, but several far-right figures such as Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), 2022 Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and Senate nominee 2022 Blake Masters are considering runs.
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