Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is leaving the Democratic Party and registering as a political independent, she told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an exclusive TV interview.
Sinema’s move away from the Democratic Party is unlikely to change the power balance in the next Senate.
While Sanders and King formally caucus with Democrats, Sinema declined to explicitly say that she would do the same.
“When politicians are more focused on denying the opposition party a victory than they are on improving Americans’ lives, the people who lose are everyday Americans,” Sinema wrote.
She also brushed aside criticism she may face for the decision to leave the Democratic Party.
Sources familiar with the matter tell CNN that Sinema gave the White House a heads up that she was leaving the Democratic Party.
After a vote against filibuster changes in January, the Arizona Democratic Party’s executive board censured Sinema. »