Dem Senate candidate says she won't support Schumer as party leader

Dem Senate candidate says she won't support Schumer as party leader
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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she will not vote for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (D-N.Y.) if she is elected to the upper chamber, according to Politico.

“I am not going to vote for him,” Sinema told the news outlet, making her the first Senate candidate to publicly come out against Schumer.

The Senate doesn't hold public votes for caucus leadership, which are worked out in closed-door meetings.


Sinema’s comments come amid a growing debate over the future of the Democratic Party, with critics slamming Democratic leadership for being out of touch.

Some Democratic House candidates have recently said they won’t vote for House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBoogeywomen — GOP vilifies big-name female Dems Sen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances New Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders MORE (D-Calif.).

Last week, Pelosi defended current Democratic leadership while fielding questions about New York House candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s upset win over incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), whom some had floated as Pelosi’s successor.  

"They made a choice in one district," Pelosi said following the election. "So, let's not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and this or that within the caucus or outside the caucus."

Sinema in 2016 voted against Pelosi.

Schumer backed Sinema’s campaign early on, telling her before she announced her campaign that he would support her over other primary candidates.

Sinema would be Arizona’s first Democratic senator in 30 years. She is running to replace Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Voters will punish Congress for ignoring duty on war and peace GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer MORE (R), who is retiring at the end of this Congress.

Her campaign has frequently revolved around her centrist policies and resistance to the Democratic Party’s status quo.