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 SchumerChuck Schumer84 mayors call for immigration to be included in reconciliation Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? 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 PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger 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 FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots 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.