My colleague Bonchie exposed Arizona Senator Kyrsten Silena’s gut punch against Senate Democrats in remarks she made to GOP lobbyists in March. These remarks did not endear Sinema to her former caucus friends. Since Sinema voted along West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Republicans against Joe Biden’s bloated “Build Back Better” bill, the distance between Sinema’s and her progressive horses has only increased.
Bonchie wrote to ask where it might lead in her 2024 Senate race for the seat.
The other side is that Sinema admitted she uses the Democrats to gain committee influence. What will they do? They won’t allow her on the 2024 ballot as the Democrat nominee, but how will they respond?
It’s a fascinating question. One Democrat, Ruben Gallego (progressive U.S. Representative for Arizona), seeks to profit from the rift between Sinema, other Democrats, and he announced his candidacy in January to replace Sinema as Senate President.
Sinema and her potential Democrat rival have now received their first quarter numbers for 2023. And it is not looking good for them. This is especially true when you consider how much money the incumbent Senator Sinema has left in her war chest. I’ll get to it in a moment.
Ruben Gallego, Arizona Democratic Rep., broke a record in the first quarter of fundraising for Hispanic Senate candidates to run for Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.).
Gallego raised $3.7 million during his first quarter of official fundraising, making him more successful than any Latino Senate candidate.
“Ruben Gallego’s fundraising numbers are the latest evidence of his strength candidacy. It will also help him become the Democratic nominee and keep other Democrats from running out of the race,” stated Chuck Rocha, a campaign strategist, who manages Gallego’s Latino outreach.
Gallego received over 106,000 donations in the first quarter, according to his campaign.
There is a lot of information there. The Hill felt obliged to mention the “record” milestone for Hispanic Senate candidate contributions twice. The Left doesn’t care if a candidate is from a minor group if they are a Democrat, as we have seen. Just ask Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Winsome sears or AG Jason Miyares.
Gallego ran a “fast-paced, bombastic campaign” to discourage other Dems delaying their entry into the race.
Gallego, the sole Arizonan candidate for the Senate seat in next year’s election, is counting on a rapid-paced and bombastic launch to frighten any Democratic contenders and possibly to dissuade Sinema from running independently.
They meant Gallego’s recent act of clowning in mid-March after the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. He tried to blame a 2018 vote Senator Sinema had cast…
There’s another elephant in the room that any Democrat, including Gallego, needs to “discourage Sinema from doing what she pleases in ’24. (emphasis mine).
Gallego’s campaign praised the haul and compared it to Sinema’s quarterly numbers as reported by Politico. She said that she would report an increase of $1.7 million to her already-$9.9million war chest.
Another factor is that Hispanics, and other minorities voters, have been overwhelmingly supporting the Democrat party since 2018. They may vote for a Republican candidate. Thank you for your participation.