In Senate shake-up, Sinema changes her party affiliation to independent

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) said Friday that she is switching her party affiliation from Democrat to independent, creating a shake-up in the chamber after the midterm elections.

“Registering as an independent and showing up to work with the title of independent is a reflection of who I’ve always been, and it’s a reflection of who Arizona is,” Sinema said in a video. “We don’t line up to do what we’re told. We do what’s right for our state and for our country. I’m going to be the same person I’ve always been.”

With the move, Democrats will still control the Senate next year, but their hold could be less secure and give more sway to another moderate in the caucus, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.). In an op-ed in the Arizona Republic, Sinema — who has voted with President Biden more than 90 percent of the time — said that she never promised to be a guaranteed vote for the Democratic Party.

“Americans are told that we have only two…

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This article was written by John Wagner and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com