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Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) touted her bipartisan record on Twitter Wednesday ahead of a planned vote by the state's Democratic Party on whether to censure her.

“Arizonans can count on me to work across the aisle and get things done for our state,” Sinema tweeted, linking to an Arizona Mirror article about an analysis that named her record the most bipartisan among Senate Democrats and the third-most among senators overall, after GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Murkowski says she will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court on Monday Biden's oil stance jars Democrats in tough races MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Murkowski says she will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court on Monday McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session MORE (Alaska).

 

The analysis found 58 percent of bills Sinema co-sponsored have Republican sponsors, with Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSusan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (W.Va.) her closest Democratic competitor at 51 percent.

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The censure vote, scheduled for Saturday, was prompted by the perception among Arizona Democrats that Sinema has too often voted with President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE and the Senate’s Republican majority, specifically citing her votes to confirm Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolice accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money MORE and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

The left flank of the party has also cited her failure to join other Senate Democrats in working to reinstate net neutrality rules.

“We are a very diverse group and that means diversity of thought, as well,” state party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini told the Arizona Republic. “I don’t think it reflects poorly on the party at all, I don’t think it’s an indication of a fracture. I think it’s an indication of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same topic.”

A spokesperson for the Arizona Democratic Party said Wednesday evening that the resolution would not be considered before the full party on Saturday due to the Progressive Caucus' failure to submit proposed language in time. The vote has been postponed until January.

Updated on Thursday at 11:59 a.m.