Sinema: ‘I would have considered’ a challenger to Schumer

Sinema: ‘I would have considered’ a challenger to Schumer
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Incoming Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday said that she would have considered a challenger to Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (D-N.Y.) as Senate minority leader if one had emerged.

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

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Sinema, who is replacing retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration MORE (R), ran as a centrist. During the campaign, she would not call herself a “proud” Democrat and said she would not support Schumer as minority leader. She became the first Democrat elected senator in the state in 30 years.

Schumer on Wednesday in a closed-door meeting was reelected by acclamation to his role as minority leader.

“We have a unique opportunity in the new Congress to reach more bipartisan agreements to get things done for families across the country, and we will be ready to work with the president and our Republican colleagues on issues where we agree,” Schumer said in a statement.

“However, we will not shy away from standing up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE and Congressional Republicans with everything we’ve got when the values we as Americans hold dear are threatened,” he added.

Democrats, particularly in the House, have faced some pressure from freshman members of Congress to revamp their leadership teams.

However, the Senate largely maintained its leadership structure and Democratic leaders in the House are expected to hold onto to their positions due to their deep support among more senior representatives and some newcomers.