The executive board Saturday made the public rebuke following Sinema’s vote this week to keep the 60-vote threshold in the Senate, along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and all Senate Republicans. Her decision helped scuttle President Biden‘s goal of passing major election reforms.
“I want to be clear, the Arizona Democratic Party is a diverse coalition with plenty of room for policy disagreements, however on the matter of the filibuster and the urgency to protect voting rights, we have been crystal clear,” Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán said in a statement. “In the choice between an archaic legislative norm and protecting Arizonans’ right to vote, we choose the latter, and we always will.”
Terán cited efforts by Republicans in Arizona and nationwide to restrict voter access and said the federal voting rights legislation was needed to protect democracy.
“While we take no pleasure in this announcement, the ADP Executive Board has decided to formally censure Senator Sinema as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy,” she wrote.
The board action Saturday is the result of a resolution Arizona Democratic Party state committee members passed in the fall that authorized the executive board to censure Simena if she chose to protect the filibuster and obstruct voting rights legislation.
Terán said the party appreciates Sinema for passing the major coronavirus relief legislation and leading on the bipartisan infrastructure law, however, the party could not ignore her recent vote since the “ramifications of failing to pass federal legislation that protects their right to vote are too large and far-reaching.”