A Democrat from Arizona lost lobbyist support because she resisted strengthening party control over the Senate.
Emily’s List confirmed it would stop endorsing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for strongly opposing the Democratic Party’s proposed filibuster reform.
“If Sen. Sinema cannot support a path forward for the passage of this legislation we believe she undermines the foundations of our democracy, her own path to victory, and also the mission of Emily’s List–and we will be unable to endorse her moving forward,” president Laphonza Butler said in a statement.
“Sen. Sinema’s decision to reject the voices of allies, partners, and constituents—who believe the importance of voting rights outweighs that of an arcane process—means she will find herself standing alone in the next election,” she added.
The pro-choice organization, which promotes Democrats who support abortion, further distanced itself from the senator.
“We have not endorsed or contributed to Sen. Sinema since her election in 2018,” Butler said.
TheBL previously reported multiple left-leaning liberals have similarly criticized Sinema for refusing to toe the party line and let the Democrats easily seize control of U.S. Congress’s upper chamber.
Opposition from the Sinema and fellow Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) prevented the Senate from enacting voting rights legislation, which could eliminate the Senate filibuster.
A simple majority vote would be enough to end legislative debates if successful. The existing 60-vote threshold would no longer apply.
NARAL Pro-Choice separately suggested it would also stop supporting Sinema and any other Democrat who does not support the filibuster reform.
“We will not endorse any senators who do not support changing the Senate rules to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act,” the organization said on Twitter.
The Senate must pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. As they consider a rule change to allow passage of this legislation, we’re standing firm in our commitment to democracy. We won’t endorse any senator who doesn’t support this path forward. #FreedomToVote
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 18, 2022
Sinema stood by her objection to the proposed legislation.
“Different people of good faith can have honest disagreements about policy and strategy,” she said according to the Washington Post. “I respect those who have reached different conclusions on how to achieve our shared goals of addressing voter suppression and election subversion, and making the Senate work better for everyday Americans.”