Kyrsten Sinema Explains Her Flip-Flop in Voting for Schumer: 'Would Have Considered' a Challenger

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Posted: Nov 14, 2018 4:55 PM
Kyrsten Sinema Explains Her Flip-Flop in Voting for Schumer: 'Would Have Considered' a Challenger

Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) released a statement Wednesday explaining her vote for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as Senate Minority Leader after she specifically said on the campaign trail that she would not vote for him.

“Arizonans know I will work with anyone — in either party — to get things done for our state,” Sinema said.

She argued that if someone had challenged Sen. Schumer for the position of minority leader she would have "considered" voting for them.

“It’s time for a new approach on both sides of the aisle and I look forward to working with my colleagues to cut through the dysfunction and deliver results for Arizona,” she continued. “Had there been a challenger for Minority Leader, I would have considered new leadership and a fresh perspective. I will continue to put Arizona over party.”

Sinema ran as a centrist to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). She said she would not describe herself as a “proud Democrat.”

However, she has already begun working with the Democratic leadership she opposed on the campaign trail. She was pictured in a tweet Wednesday meeting with Schumer.

One of her constituents was not thrilled over Sinema's immediate flip-flop.