Rep. Ruben Gallego Launches Bid To Oust Sen. Krysten Sinema
Gallego, a former marine who served in Iraq, would be Arizona’s first Latino Senator. He posted a video talking to veterans at the American Legion post in Guadalupe, Arizona.
“You’re the first group of people that are hearing this besides my family,” he said in the video. “I will be challenging Kyrsten Sinema for the United States Senate, and I need all of your support,”
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Gallego has teased a potential 2024 run for the Senate seat. He has voiced frustration with Sinema over numerous policy stances, including her refusal to back portions of President Joe Biden‘s Build Back Better Plan.
“The problem isn’t that Senator Sinema abandoned the Democratic Party — it’s that she abandoned Arizona,” Gallego said in a press release about his bid. “She’s repeatedly broken her promises and fought for the interests of big pharma and Wall Street at our expense.”
Sinema, a former Democrat, switched her party affiliation to Independent after the 2022 midterm elections, denying Democrats the 51-seat majority they had secured in the Senate.
Sinema has yet to announce plans for a 2024 campaign. A Democratic challenger sets up a potential three-way battle for the seat between an incumbent Independent, Democrat and a yet-to-be-decided Republican.
Lake spoke at a rally, repeating false claims that her gubernatorial election was stolen. The ultra-conservative Lake also inserted a jab at Gallego in the speech.
“Have you seen the latest one they’re rolling out? The guy’s name is Ruben Gallego. He is the — we call him the AOC of Arizona. And that may actually be an insult to AOC,” she said, referencing progressive Democrat rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York).
The race for the Arizona seat will likely capture national attention, as continued Democratic control of the Senate may come down to this seat.
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