Democratic Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer calls Kyrsten Sinema ‘sold out’
She’s running for office thousands of miles from Arizona, but that’s not stopping Abby Finkenauer from calling one of the state’s Democratic senators.
Finkenauer, a former congresswoman and Democratic Senate candidate from Iowa, called Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) a “treason” on Thursday, in response to Sinema telling the Senate that she would not support changing the rules. filibuster rules in order to pass suffrage legislation.
While the Democrats “technically” have control of the Senate, Finkenauer said in a video on Twitter, “we sold Kyrsten Sinema, who’s there for some reason I don’t know, but she refuses to do anything that works for working families like the one I grew up in. I don’t know if she forgot where she came from or who she’s here to fight for, but it’s high time we expanded the Democratic majority.”
Finkenauer, a moderate who is aiming to unseat Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in November, said in a follow-up tweet that if she goes to the Senate, “I will vote for filibuster reform to pass legislation on the right to vote, and achieve progress for working families that Republicans like Senator Grassley are blocking.” Axios notes that in addition to Finkenauer, several Democratic Senate candidates are now promising to support the filibuster changes, including Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.). Demings told supporters in a campaign email sent Tuesday that it would be “the 50th vote Democrats need to end the filibuster and pass voting rights protection.”
While Finkenauer may not be a fan of Sinema, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) applauded Sinema’s Thursday speech, telling reporters, “It’s was extremely important and, as a remarkable act of political courage, it saved the Senate as an institution.