Democrat Ruben Gallego to run for Senate against Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona

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Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego will announce his decision to run against Independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona next week, CBS News reported.

Mr Gallego, a Marine veteran who served in the Iraq War, will challenge Ms Sinema after she announced her exit from the Democratic Party to become an independent last month. Ms Sinema still caucuses with Democrats.

Despite her prolific capability to pass legislation on guns, same-sex marriage and infrastructure, Ms Sinema angered many Democrats because of her caginess about support Build Back Better, Democrats’ social spending legislation that died in 2021.

In addition, she and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia continue to support the filibuster, which many Democrats see as a tool for obstruction.

This week, Ms Sinema spoke at the World Economic Forum at Davos and reaffirmed her support for the filibuster with Mr Manchin.

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Mr Gallego criticised Ms Sinema’s appearance at the forum, noting how she has not held a town hall for many years, though he said he hadn’t decided whether to run.

“Kyrsten Sinema hasn’t held a town hall in Arizona for years. Instead, she flies to Switzerland for a town hall with the rich and powerful,” he tweeted. “Not a Joke!”

Mr Gallego served in the US Marine Corps and fought in the Iraq War. He also served in the Arizona state legislature before he ran for Congress and won in 2014.